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Harry Dunlop

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Harry Alexander Dunlop

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Biographical Information[edit]

Harry Dunlop was a catcher for 14 years in the minors (1952-1968), losing two years to military service and another (1967) to inactivity. Dunlop was signed at age 18 as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1952 season and played for the Bristol Twins in the Appalachian League and the Burlington-Graham Pirates in the Carolina League (1952). In 1952, Dunlop caught only 15 games for Bristol - three of which are among the most famous in minor league baseball history, being the gems by Ron Necciai and Bill Bell.

He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War (1953-1954) (BR). He played for the Lincoln Chiefs in the Western League (1955); the Williamsport Grays in the Eastern League (1956); the New Orleans Pelicans in the Southern Association (1956) and back to Lincoln (1957).

He was released by the Pirates Organization on January 28, 1958 but caught on in the lower minors, playing for the Tucson Cowboys in the Arizona-Mexico League (1958); the Tri-City Braves in the Northwest League (1959-1960); the Stockton Ports in the California League (1961-1964); the Quad Cities Angels in the Midwest League (1965-1966); and Seattle Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League (1968), thus ending his playing career at age 34. His best year in terms of raw stats was 1958 when he hit .349 with 4 homers and 77 RBI for Tucson of the Arizona-Mexico League. He also pitched 26 games in the minors (3-1), mostly in relief.

He was a player-manager with Tucson (1958); Stockton (1961-1964) and Quad Cities (1965-1966) then was the full-time manager for the San Jose Bees in the California League (1967). He coached for Seattle in 1968 and then coached the Kansas City Royals (1969-1975) and the Chicago Cubs (1976) as he made it to the major leagues. He managed the Wichita Aeros in the American Association (1977-1978) and then turned back to coaching with the Cincinnati Reds (1979-1982) and the San Diego Padres (1983-1987), retiring at the end of the 1987 season. Dunlop came out of retirement and coached for a spell for the Reds from 1998 to 2000. He again came out of retirement and became the bench coach for the Florida Marlins in 2005.

His coaching career had spanned 17 years.

Career Highlights[edit]

  • Led Arizona-Mexico League catchers in Putouts (806), Assists (81) and Fielding Average (.992), 1958.
  • Led Northwest League catchers in Putouts (730) and Fielding Average (.992), 1959.
  • Led Northwest League catchers in Double Plays (9), 1960
  • Led California League catchers in Assists (90), Double Plays (tied) (12) and Fielding Average (.989), 1961.
  • Named California League Manager of the Year, 1963
  • As a manager, he won the California League playoffs in 1963 and 1967

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1958 Tucson Cowboys Arizona-Mexico League 66-54 2nd none none
1961 Stockton Ports California League 54-84 6th Baltimore Orioles none
1962 Stockton Ports California League 70-68 3rd (t) Baltimore Orioles
1963 Stockton Ports California League 87-52 1st Baltimore Orioles League Champs
1964 Stockton Ports California League 69-70 4th Baltimore Orioles none
1965 Quad Cities Angels Midwest League 8th California Angels none replaced by Ken Blackman from June 15-18
1966 Quad Cities Angels Midwest League 63-61 4th California Angels
1967 San Jose Bees California League 86-52 1st California Angels League Champs
1968 San Jose Bees California League -- California Angels -- replaced by Del Rice on April 10
1977 Wichita Aeros American Association 68-64 4th (t) Chicago Cubs
1978 Wichita Aeros American Association 58-77 8th Chicago Cubs
1983 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres replaced by Bob Cluck in September
1991 Helena Brewers Pioneer League 44-26 3rd Milwaukee Brewers
1992 Helena Brewers Pioneer League 50-26 3rd Milwaukee Brewers
1993 Helena Brewers Pioneer League 39-23 2nd Milwaukee Brewers Lost League Finals replaced Mike Epstein (4-7) on May 28


Principal sources for Harry Dunlop include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs {{{WW}}} (WW), old Baseball Registers {{{BR}}} (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN {{{DAG}}} (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) {{{MORE}}} and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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