Harry Smith (1900s catcher)

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Harry Smith
Harry Smith 1910.jpg
Born: (1874-10-31)October 31, 1874
Yorkshire, England
Died: February 17, 1933(1933-02-17) (aged 58)
Salem, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 11, 1901, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 15, 1910, for the Boston Doves
MLB statistics
Batting average .213
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 89

As player

As manager

Harry Thomas Smith (October 31, 1874 – February 17, 1933), was an English professional baseball player and manager.[1] He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher from 1901 to 1910.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Born in Yorkshire, England, Smith played as a back-up catcher for Pittsburgh Pirates (1902–07 178 games) and Boston Doves (1907–11 154 games), after starting at Philadelphia Athletics for 11 games.[1] Smith had planned to retire as a player and become a scout in 1909 but, when manager Frank Bowerman resigned in mid-July, the Doves named him as a player-manager for the remainder of the season.[2][3] He was replaced as manager by Fred Lake for the 1910 season but, remained on as a catcher. He played in his final major league game in 1910 at the age of 35.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

In a ten-year major league career, Smith played in 343 games, accumulating 214 hits in 1,004 at bats for a .213 career batting average along with 2 home runs, 89 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .262.[1] He had a .967 career fielding percentage as a catcher during his career.[1] He was a strong defensive catcher with a 47.32 career caught stealing percentage that ranks 50th among all major league catchers.[4]

Minor league managerial career[edit]

After his playing career went on to manage in the Minor Leagues for several seasons.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Harry Smith at Baseball Reference". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Caruso, Gary (1995). The Braves Encyclopedia. Temple University Press. p. 292. ISBN 1-56639-384-1. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Harry Smith managerial record". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Caught Stealing Percentage". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Harry Smith minor league managerial record". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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