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Dick Spalding

Dick Spalding
Personal information
Full nameCharles Harry Spalding
Date of birth(1893-10-13)October 13, 1893
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of deathFebruary 3, 1950(1950-02-03) (aged 56)
Place of deathPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
Northeast Manual Training School
Lighthouse Boys Club
Senior career*
1915-1916Disston A.A.
1916-1917Bethlehem Steel F.C.
1919-1921Philadelphia Merchant Ship
1921-1922Harrison Soccer Club12(0)
1924-1925Fleisher Yarn14(0)
National team
1916United States2(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dick Spalding
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1927 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
July 12, 1928 for the Washington Senators
Career statistics
Batting average .299
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 25

Charles Harry “Dick" (or "C.H.") Spalding (October 13, 1893 – February 3, 1950) was an American soccer and baseball player. He played the first two games in the history of the U.S. national soccer team, as well as professional soccer for nearly fifteen years, primarily with teams in Pennsylvania. Spalding also spent two seasons in Major League baseball and was later a first base coach. The lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1951.


Club career

Spalding attended the Northeast Manual Training School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He then went on to play soccer with the Lighthouse Boys Club as well as several other local Philadelphia clubs. In 1916, when called into the U.S. national team, he was with the Disston A.A. In the fall of 1916, he signed with Bethlehem Steel F.C. of the National Association Football League (NAFBL). However, he injured his knee and did not play consistently until January 1917. In November 1919, he signed with Philadelphia Merchant Ship of the NAFBL. In 1921, he joined the Harrison Soccer Club of the American Soccer League (ASL). He then spent the 1924-1925 ASL season with Fleisher Yarn.

National team

In 1916, the [1] After this tour, Spalding never played for the U.S. again.

He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1950.



In addition to his soccer career, Spalding was also a successful baseball player. In 1916, while a member of the U.S. national soccer team, he played in a baseball game against a Swedish baseball team from Västerås. In 1927, he signed as an outfielder the National League Philadelphia Phillies. In 1928, he moved to the Washington Senators of the American League. Spalding also spent time in the International League where he played for the Rochester Red Wings and the Buffalo Bisons.

First Base Coach

Spalding’s friendship with Jimmie Wilson led to two stints as a first base coach. In 1934, Wilson hired Spalding as the first base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1941, he was brought into the Chicago Cubs, again by Wilson, to become the Cubs’ first base coach.

Spalding died after a long illness in Philadelphia at the age of 56.

External links

  • National Soccer Hall of Fame profile
  • Bethlehem Steel article
  • Baseball stats
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