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244. Hardy Richardson

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244. Hardy Richardson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 21, 1855 in Clarksboro, NJ USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 01, 1879
  • Final Game: September 10, 1892
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Hardy Richardson was a 14-year veteran whose career slipped through the cracks of baseball history.  This is partly because it was so long ago, as his professional tenure was from 1879 to 1892.  Another part is because the best part of his career happened with two teams that haven't existed in well over a century, the Buffalo Bisons and the Detroit Wolverines.

Richardson was one of the most versatile players of his day.  He could play at any defensive position, and do it well, though he was most comfortable at either Second Base or Centerfield.  Richardson played his first seven years with Buffalo, batting .300 in his last three seasons there.  His contract was purchased by the Wolverines where in his first season there (1886), he led the National League in Hits (189) and Home Runs (11), which was followed by a Wolverines win over the St. Louis Browns in the 1887 version of the World Series.  

Richardson would later play with Boston of both the National and Federal League, before quick stops in Washington and New York to end his career.  He would accumulate 1,688 Hits and a .299 Batting Average over his career.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Clarksboro, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Second Base, Third Base, Outfield
  • Played For: Boston Beaneaters, Boston Reds, Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, New York Giants, Washington Senators
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (Detroit Wolverines, 1887) 
    Most At Bats (1) (NL) (1886)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NL) (1886)
    Most Hits (1) (NL) (1886)
    Most Total Bases (1) (PL) (1890)
    Most Home Runs (2) (NL) 1886) (PL) (1890)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (PL) (1890)
    Most Singles (1) (NL) (1886)
    Highest Power-Speed # (2) (NL) 1886) (PL) (1890)

  • Other Points of Note: 4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Defensive bWAR)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)                      
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Walks)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    88. Triples: 126

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1936: 1.3% (Veterans)

  • Should be Inducted As A: Buffalo Bison

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