Bill Harbridge

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Bill Harbridge
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Catcher/Center fielder
Born: March 29, 1855
Died: March 17, 1924(1924-03-17) (aged 68)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 15, 1875, for the Hartford Dark Blues
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1884, for the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .247
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 114

William Arthur "Bill" Harbridge (March 29, 1855 – March 17, 1924), also known as "Yaller Bill", was a Major League Baseball player who split his playing time between catcher and in the outfield for five different teams during his nine season career that lasted from 1875 through 1884.[1]


He began his career in the last year of the National Association and finished with the Union Association in its only year of existence.[1]

On May 6, 1876, Bill is credited as becoming the first left-handed catcher in major league baseball history.[2] He died in his hometown of Philadelphia at the age of 68, and was interred at Fernwood Cemetery in Fernwood, Pennsylvania.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Bill Harbridge's Stats". Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  2. ^ "19th Century Era Famous Firsts". Archived from the original on 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 

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