Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dick Harley, an early Louisville Colonel, 60 years ago today

Dick Harley, outfielder-first baseman

1908 Louisville Colonels

Harley was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 1872 and died at Philadelphia on April 3, 1952, sixty years ago today at the age of 79.

In his only season in the American Association, Harley batted .227 as a member of the Louisville Colonels, appearing in 65 games as an outfielder, 15 as a first baseman. Even at the lusty age of 35, Harley stole 19 bases in his 80 games with Louisville; it was his last season in organized ball. In 1900 as a member of the Detroit Tigers of the minor league American League, he’d stolen 47 bases at the age of 27.

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