Hardy Richardson (April 21, 1855 - January 14, 1931) was a second basemen and outfielder mostly, in the Major Leagues for a number of teams throughout the 19th century. The majority of Richardson's career came with the Buffalo Bisons (1879-85). He batted and threw right-handed.
Born in Clarksboro, New Jersey, Richardson played every position at some point, but was known for his play at second base with Buffalo when he was a member of the "Big Four," a star infield that the Detroit Wolverines purchased from the Bisons for 7000 dollars. They won Detroit the National League pennant and the World Series in 1887. Other members of the "Big Four" included Dan Brouthers, Jack Rowe, and Deacon White.
Richardson's best season probably came in 1890 with the Boston Reds, when he had 181 hits in 555 at bats, a .326 batting average, while also compiling a career-high 13 home runs and 146 RBI's. He picked up 42 stolen bases and 126 runs scored as well.
In a 14-season career, Richardson compiled a .299 batting average with 70 home runs and 822 RBI's in 1331 games. He had 205 career stolen bases and 1120 runs scored. Richardson had 1688 career hits in 5642 at bats.
Richardson died in Utica, New York. He was 75.