Hardy Richardson Stats

Hardy Richardson was born on Saturday, April 21, 1855, in Clarksboro, New Jersey. Richardson was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 1, 1879, with the Buffalo Bisons. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Hardy Richardson baseball stats page.

"Hardy Richardson, left fielder, is one of the most famous of the 'Big Four,' and is considered one of the best general players in the country. As a batter he has few superiors." - The Times Herald (10/08/1887, Biographical Sketches of the Wielders of the Bat and Hunters of the Leather, Who Have Succeeded in Securing the Pennant This Year , Page 3)
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Birth Name:
Abram Harding Richardson
Nickname:
Old True Blue
Born On:
04-21-1855  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Clarksboro, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-14-1931 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Utica, New York
Cemetery:
Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, New York
High School:
None Attended (Dropped Out At Age 15)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
05-01-1879 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-10-1892
Draft:
Not Applicable
Hardy Richardson

Hardy Richardson Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1885 30 Bisons 1 0 1 0 0 .000 2.25 0 0 0 4.0 20 5 1 2 0 3 - 1 2 0 0 -
1886 31 Wolverines 4 0 4 3 0 1.000 4.50 0 0 0 12.0 63 11 6 8 1 10 - 5 2 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
2 Years 5 0 5 3 0 1.000 3.94 0 0 0 16.0 83 16 7 10 1 13 - 6 4 0 0 -
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Hardy Richardson Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1879 24 Bisons 79 336 54 95 18 10 0 0 37 16 - 30 - - - .283 .315 .396
1880 25 Bisons 83 343 48 89 18 8 0 0 17 14 - 37 - - - .259 .289 .359
1881 26 Bisons 83 344 62 100 18 9 2 0 53 12 - 27 - - - .291 .315 .413
1882 27 Bisons 83 354 61 96 20 8 2 0 57 11 - 33 - - - .271 .293 .390
1883 28 Bisons 92 399 73 124 34 7 1 0 56 22 - 20 - - - .311 .347 .439
1884 29 Bisons 102 439 85 132 27 9 6 0 60 22 - 41 - - - .301 .334 .444
1885 30 Bisons 96 426 90 136 19 11 6 0 44 20 - 22 - - - .319 .350 .458
1886 31 Wolverines 125 538 125 189 27 11 11 0 61 46 - 27 - - - .351 .402 .504
1887 32 Wolverines 120 512 131 147 25 18 8 0 94 31 - 40 - - 2 - .287 .330 .393
1888 33 Wolverines 58 266 60 77 18 2 6 0 32 17 - 23 - - 1 - .289 .335 .440
1889 34 Beaneaters 132 536 122 163 33 10 6 0 79 48 - 44 - - 5 - .304 .367 .437
1890 35 Red Stockings 130 555 126 181 26 14 13 1 146 52 - 46 - - 0 - .326 .384 .494
1891 36 Red Stockings 74 278 45 71 9 4 7 1 52 40 - 26 - - 1 - .255 .351 .392
1892 37 Senators 10 37 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 - 3 - - 0 - .108 .214 .108
1892 37 Giants 64 248 36 53 11 5 2 0 34 21 - 26 - - 1 - .214 .278 .323
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
14 Years 1,331 5,611 1,120 1,657 303 126 70 2 822 377 - 445 - - 10 - .295 .341 .432
Hardy Richardson

Hardy Richardson Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1879 Bisons 3B 78 - - 280 3.6 236 83 153 44 13 n/a n/a n/a .843 0.00
1879 Bisons C 1 - - 11 11.0 11 11 0 0 0 3 - - 1.000 0.00
1880 Bisons 3B 81 - - 309 3.8 262 108 154 47 6 n/a n/a n/a .848 0.00
1880 Bisons C 5 - - 29 5.8 24 15 9 5 0 14 - - .828 0.00
1881 Bisons 2B 5 - - 27 5.4 24 12 12 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 0.00
1881 Bisons 3B 1 - - 3 3.0 3 2 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1881 Bisons CF 79 - - 245 3.1 224 179 45 21 3 n/a n/a n/a .914 0.00
1881 Bisons SS 1 - - 6 6.0 6 2 4 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1882 Bisons 2B 83 - - 618 7.4 555 275 280 63 28 n/a n/a n/a .898 0.00
1883 Bisons 2B 92 - - 701 7.6 633 289 344 68 33 n/a n/a n/a .903 0.00
1884 Bisons 1B 3 - - 32 10.7 31 31 0 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 0.00
1884 Bisons 2B 71 - - 484 6.8 434 191 243 50 18 n/a n/a n/a .897 0.00
1884 Bisons 3B 5 - - 22 4.4 19 9 10 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .864 0.00
1884 Bisons CF 24 - - 52 2.2 49 44 5 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .942 0.00
1885 Bisons 2B 50 - - 367 7.3 332 163 169 35 17 n/a n/a n/a .905 0.00
1885 Bisons OF 48 - - 140 2.9 126 120 6 14 2 n/a n/a n/a .900 0.00
1885 Bisons P 1 0 12 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1885 Bisons SS 1 - - 3 3.0 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1886 Wolverines 2B 42 - - 235 5.6 221 103 118 14 15 n/a n/a n/a .940 0.00
1886 Wolverines 3B 2 - - 6 3.0 6 1 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1886 Wolverines LF 80 - - 169 2.1 152 131 21 17 1 n/a n/a n/a .899 0.00
1886 Wolverines P 4 0 36 2 0.5 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1886 Wolverines SS 3 - - 15 5.0 14 7 7 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .933 0.00
1887 Wolverines 2B 64 - - 461 7.2 434 219 215 27 27 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1887 Wolverines OF 59 - - 125 2.1 117 109 8 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .936 0.00
1888 Wolverines 2B 58 - - 387 6.7 358 173 185 29 21 n/a n/a n/a .925 0.00
1889 Beaneaters 2B 86 - - 602 7.0 556 246 310 46 44 n/a n/a n/a .924 0.00
1889 Beaneaters LF 46 - - 85 1.8 80 74 6 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1890 Red Stockings 1B 1 - - 14 14.0 14 13 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1890 Red Stockings LF 124 - - 261 2.1 248 235 13 13 3 n/a n/a n/a .950 0.00
1890 Red Stockings SS 6 - - 35 5.8 35 12 23 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1891 Red Stockings 1B 3 - - 22 7.3 21 21 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 0.00
1891 Red Stockings 3B 9 - - 28 3.1 26 12 14 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .929 0.00
1891 Red Stockings OF 60 - - 111 1.9 106 101 5 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 0.00
1891 Red Stockings SS 4 - - 26 6.5 24 7 17 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .923 0.00
1892 Senators 2B 1 - - 5 5.0 5 3 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1892 Senators 3B 2 - - 2 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1892 Senators LF 7 - - 17 2.4 16 16 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 0.00
1892 Giants 1B 9 - - 112 12.4 109 106 3 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .973 0.00
1892 Giants 2B 33 - - 204 6.2 190 82 108 14 11 n/a n/a n/a .931 0.00
1892 Giants OF 17 - - 23 1.4 21 20 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .913 0.00
1892 Giants SS 6 - - 39 6.5 34 10 24 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .872 0.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
2B Totals 585 0 0 4,091 7.0 3,742 1,756 1,986 349 214 n/a n/a n/a .915 0.00
LF Totals 257 0 0 532 2.1 496 456 40 36 5 n/a n/a n/a .932 0.00
OF Totals 184 0 0 399 2.2 370 350 20 29 5 n/a n/a n/a .927 0.00
3B Totals 178 0 0 650 3.7 554 215 339 96 22 n/a n/a n/a .852 0.00
CF Totals 103 0 0 297 2.9 273 223 50 24 5 n/a n/a n/a .919 0.00
SS Totals 21 0 0 124 5.9 116 39 77 8 11 n/a n/a n/a .935 0.00
1B Totals 16 0 0 180 11.3 175 171 4 5 6 n/a n/a n/a .972 0.00
C Totals 6 0 0 40 6.7 35 26 9 5 0 17 n/a n/a .875 0.00
P Totals 5 0 48 4 0.8 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
14 Years 1,355 0 48 6,317 4.7 5,765 3,236 2,529 552 268 17 n/a n/a .913 3,242.81
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Hardy Richardson Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1879 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.2 9.1 - - -
1880 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.3 20.2 - - -
1881 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 172.0 12.7 6.5 - - -
1882 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 177.0 10.7 6.2 - - -
1883 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 399.0 20.0 7.1 - - -
1884 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 73.2 10.7 7.3 - - -
1885 Bisons - - - 0 0 n/a 71.0 19.4 9.7 0.33 2.25 6.75
1886 Wolverines 42 - - 0 0 n/a 48.9 19.9 8.8 0.50 3.75 7.50
1887 Wolverines 29 - - 0 0 n/a 64.0 12.8 5.4 - - -
1888 Wolverines 13 - - 0 0 n/a 44.3 11.6 8.3 - - -
1889 Beaneaters 47 - - 0 0 n/a 89.3 12.2 6.8 - - -
1890 Red Stockings 42 - - 0 0 n/a 42.7 12.1 3.8 - - -
1891 Red Stockings 16 - - 0 0 n/a 39.7 10.7 5.3 - - -
1892 Senators 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.3 0.0 - - -
1892 Giants 14 - - 0 0 n/a 124.0 9.5 7.3 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
14 Years 205 - - 0 0 n/a 80.2 12.6 6.8 0.46 3.38 7.31
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In 1883, Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life, a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

Hardy Richardson Baseball Card
Hardy Richardson Baseball Card | 1887 N284 Gold Coin Baseball Card | Baseball Almanac Collection
Abram Harding Richardson was a Major League Baseball player with the Buffalo Bisons (1879–1885), Detroit Wolverines (1886–1888) Boston Beaneaters (1889), Boston Reds (1890–1891), Washington Senators (1892) and New York Giants (1892). Hardy, his nickname, was part of the group known as The Big Four , which included Dan Brouthers , Jack Rowe , and Deacon White - a quartet of hitters who spent eight years together (1881 through 1888) and were WIDELY considered some of the greatest hitters of their era.
Hardy Richardson and Ned Hanlon Talk Baseball
Hardy Richardson & Ned Hanlon Talk Baseball | The Oakland Tribune | September 28, 1888

Did you know that Hardy Richardson led the National League in at-bats (538), hits (189), and home runs (11) in a 1886 ? Did you know Old True Blue also almost earned a Triple Crown in 1890 , when he led the Players League, during its only year of existence, in home runs (16), and RBIs (152), falling ten hits shy of Hugh Duffy (191) for the third component?

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