Harry Smith (1900s catcher)
October 31, 1874|
|Died: February 17, 1933
Salem, New Jersey
|July 11, 1901, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 15, 1910, for the Boston Doves|
|Runs batted in||89|
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. 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. 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.
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. He had a .967 career fielding percentage as a catcher during his career. He was a strong defensive catcher with a 47.32 career caught stealing percentage that ranks 50th among all major league catchers.
Minor league managerial career
- "Harry Smith at Baseball Reference". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- Caruso, Gary (1995). The Braves Encyclopedia. Temple University Press. p. 292. ISBN 1-56639-384-1. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Harry Smith managerial record". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Career Leaders & Records for Caught Stealing Percentage". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Harry Smith minor league managerial record". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Harry Smith article references at BaseballLibrary.com
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