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Harry Stovey

Harry Stovey
MLB Player information
NameHarry Stovey
MLB debutMay 1, 1880 for the Worcester Ruby Legs
Last MLB appearanceJuly 29, 1893 for the Brooklyn Grooms
Career statistics
Batting average.295
Home runs122
Runs batted in908
As Player * Worcester Ruby Legs (1880-1882) * Philadelphia Athletics (1883-1889) * Boston Reds (1890) * Boston Beaneaters (1891-1892) * Baltimore Orioles (1892-1893) * Brooklyn Grooms (1893) As Manager * Worcester Ruby Legs (1881) * Philadelphia Athletics (1885)

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Harry Duffield Stovey, born Harry Duffield Stowe (December 20, 1856 - September 20, 1937) was a 19th century Major League Baseball player and the first player in major league history to hit 100 home runs. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stovey played for 14 seasons in the majors and was appointed player-manager on two separate occasions during his career.

Known today as both a prolific home run hitter and base-stealer, he led the league in both categories multiple times in his career, including a season record of 14 home runs in 1883 and a league-leading 97 stolen bases in 1890. Although by modern standards, Stovey never hit a large number of home runs (it took him 10 years to reach 100), he was one of the great home run hitters of his time. From 1880 to 1891 he appeared in the top 10 in home runs every year except 1887, and led the league five times. He was the first to wear sliding pads and among the first to slide feet first.

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