Dick Spalding

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Charles Harry Spalding

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Dick Spalding was a soccer player who eventually made his major league debut at age 33 with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927. He was the regular left fielder on the team, hitting .296 on a team whose average was .280.

The following year he hit .348 in 23 at-bats for the Senators.

After his playing career ended, Spalding was a Phillies coach from 1934 to 1936 and a member of the Chicago Cubs staff from 1941 to 1943. While a coach, he was one of several baseballers who urged Bucky Walters to become a pitcher, which Walters did with great success. Later he scouted for the Cubs.

Spalding is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, having played in the United States first ever international match against Sweden in 1916, where he scored a goal.

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