Dick Harley (harledi01)

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Richard Joseph Harley

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Dick Harley had the misfortune of being a regular on the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, probably the worst team ever in the National League. In general, while in the majors, he was not much of a hitter, although he could steal a base and draw a walk, and was good at getting hit by the pitch. His range in the outfield was pretty good early in his career.

Prior to 1899 he had already been a regular on two teams in 1897-98 which had lost over 100 games. He spent most of 1900 in the new minor-league American League with Detroit, hitting .325.

He managed the Toronto Maple Leafs for parts of the 1904 and 1905 seasons.

Harley was the coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1921 to 1924. He also coached at Villanova University and Pennsylvania State University.

He is not to be confused with a later Dick Harley, who was in the majors in 1905.

"ALL WANT DICK HARLEY. There is a chance that Dick Harley will not be with the Detroit Club next year, as his splendid work with the Cincinnatis during the series of games in Philadelphia brought the fact forcibly before the magnates that he is a very valuable man. . . several clubs are now bidding for his services." - Sporting Life, October 13, 1900

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