Harry Hooper was one of the premier players for the Boston Red Sox from 1909-1920. He also played for the Chicago White Sox (1921-25), and was one of the best defensive rightfielders of his era. During his 17-year career he totaled 2466 hits, topped .300 five times and had a career .281 avg. He still holds the Red Sox franchise records for triples (130) and stolen bases (300). In 1913, he was the first player to lead off both games of a doubleheader with homeruns. He was a member of 4 Red Sox World Championship teams in 1912, ’15, ’16 & ’18. He was also instrumental in convincing manager Ed Barrow to convert Babe Ruth from the pitching mound to the outfield. He was elected to Cooperstown by the Veteran’s Committee in 1971.
April 25, 2015