Harry Smith (1900s catcher)
Born: October 31, 1874|
Died: February 17, 1933 58) (aged|
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
After his playing career went on to manage in the Minor Leagues for several seasons.
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- "Career Leaders & Records for Caught Stealing Percentage". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)