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No. 86: Greatest Dodgers of All-Time: Harry Lumley

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A player/manager!

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Harry Lumley

Time with Dodgers: 1904-1910

Stats: .274/.328/.408/.737, 38 HR, 305 RBI, 728 H, 300 R, 134 OPS+

Baseball Reference WAR: 14.6

FanGraphs WAR: 16.4

Combined WAR: 15.5


We take a trip down memory lane today, as we’ll be talking about a player who played for the franchise over 100 years ago. Harry Lumley spent seven seasons in the big leagues, and all seven of them were spent in Brooklyn.

Lumley had a very good rookie campaign. He played in 150 games, where he racked up 161 hits. Of those 161 hits, nine of them were home runs and 18 of them were triples. As a rookie, he led the National League in both homers and triples. Not too bad. He also led the league in strikeouts, but we’ll give him a pass for that one.

He played in 20 fewer games the following year, so his numbers took a bit of a hit across the board. However, he did raise his batting average, hitting just under .300.

1906 was his greatest season, and he did it in only 133 games. He slashed .324/.386/.477/.864, all career bests. His slugging percentage of .477 led the National League, along with his OPS+ of 179. Lumley had 157 hits, hitting nine home runs and driving in 65. Oh, and he stole 35 bases for good measure.

He played in exactly 127 games in each of the next two seasons. Over those two years he hit .242 with an OPS of .668. He’d hit 13 home runs and drive in 105 runs.

In 1909, he played in 55 games. He hit only .250, and his OPS was .645. Oh, he was also the manager! Yup, in 1909, Lumley was a player/manager. The Brooklyn Superbas went 55-98-2 under his leadership, finishing in sixth place. He had one ejection that season.

In lone season as manager ended, and 1910 he was back to being just a player. It didn’t last long, as he played in only eight games before retiring.

Lumley is one of 23 players in franchise history to have at least 728 hits, 110 stolen bases, 305 RBI and 300 runs scored during their tenure with the team.


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