Harry Hooper

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Harry Hooper
Harry Hooper 1915.jpg
Born: (1887-08-24)August 24, 1887
Bell Station, California
Died: December 18, 1974(1974-12-18) (aged 87)
Santa Cruz, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1909 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1925 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .281
Home runs 75
Runs scored 1429
Stolen bases 375
Career highlights and awards
Induction 1971
Election Method Veteran's Committee

Harry Bartholomew Hooper (August 24, 1887 – December 18, 1974) was a Major League Baseball player in the early 20th century. Hooper batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Hooper was born in Bell Station, California. A graduate in engineering at Saint Mary's College of California,[1] he broke into the majors with the Red Sox in 1909, and still holds many of the team's records.[1] He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in the 1921 season and finished his career in 1925.

Early life[edit]

1912 baseball card

Harry Hooper was born on August 24, 1887 in Bell Station, California.[2] His family had previously migrated to California as many other families from the United States due to the California Gold Rush.[3] His father, Joseph "Joe" Hooper, was born in Morrell, Prince Edward Island in Canada.[4] Joe was the fourth child and second boy born to English-born William Hooper, Harry's grandfather, and his Portuguese wife Louisa.[3] Harry was the youngest child in his family of four, having an older sister named Lulu and older twin brothers named George and Charlie.[5] Hooper's mother, Mary Katherine (Keller), was from Frankfurt, Germany.[6]


Hooper was known as a top-caliber defensive right fielder and a solid leadoff hitter. Between 1910 and 1915, he teamed with Tris Speaker (CF) and Duffy Lewis (LF) to form one of the finest outfield trios in baseball history. On May 30, 1913 Hooper became the first player to hit a home run to lead off both games of a doubleheader, a mark only matched by Rickey Henderson and Brady Anderson over 80 years later.[7] Beside this, Hooper is only one of two players (Heinie Wagner being the other) to be a part of four Red Sox World Series championships: in 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918.[1] On October 13, 1915, he became the second player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game. The feat was first accomplished by Patsy Dougherty in game two of the first modern World Series, in 1903. Hooper was also the captain of the Red Sox in 1919.[8]

Hooper was a career .281 hitter with 75 home runs, 817 RBI, 1429 runs, 2466 hits, 389 doubles, 160 triples, and 375 stolen bases in 2309 games.[9] He holds the Red Sox franchise records for most triples (130) and stolen bases (300), as well as Fenway Park records for triples (63) and stolen bases(107).[10] Harry Hooper was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.[1] Following his retirement from baseball he moved to Capitola, California where he was appointed Postmaster by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933, holding the position for 24 years. He died in Santa Cruz, California, at age of 87.

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  1. ^ a b c d "The Hall of Famers: Harry Hooper". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-07-13. [dead link]
  2. ^ (Zingg 1993, p. 28)
  3. ^ a b (Zingg 1993, p. 13)
  4. ^ (Zingg 1993, p. 14)
  5. ^ (Zingg 1993, p. 29)
  6. ^ Ancestry of Harry Hooper (1887-1974)
  7. ^ Spatz, Lyle (2007). TheSABR Baseball List & Record Book – Baseball’s Most Fascinating Records and Unusual Statistics. United States: Simon & Schuster. p. 496. ISBN 9781416532453. 
  8. ^ "Two Homers Hit Thrice". October 12, 1923. New York Times. 12.
  9. ^ "Harry Hooper". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Harry Hooper Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 


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