41 Facts About Harry Hooper


Harry Bartholomew Hooper was an American professional baseball right fielder who played in Major League Baseball.

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Harry Hooper played for major league teams between 1909 and 1925, spending most of that time with the Boston Red Sox and finishing his career with the Chicago White Sox.

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Harry Hooper was often known for his defensive skills, ranking among the league leaders in defensive categories such as putouts and assists by a right fielder.

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Harry Hooper is the all-time career leader in assists by a right fielder.

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Harry Hooper is one of only two members of four separate Red Sox World Series championship teams.

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Harry Hooper was born on August 24,1887, in Bell Station, California.

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Harry Hooper's family had migrated to California as many other families from the United States due to the California Gold Rush.

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Harry Hooper's father, Joseph "Joe" Hooper, was born in Morrell, Prince Edward Island in Canada.

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Harry Hooper was the youngest child in his family of four; he had a sister named Lulu and twin brothers named George and Charlie.

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One of Harry Hooper's teachers helped to convince his parents to allow Harry Hooper to attend a high school in Oakland.

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At St Mary's Harry Hooper had demonstrated his skills both academically and on the ballfield.

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Harry Hooper was a pitcher when he signed with the Oakland Commuters in 1907 to begin his minor league career, but he converted to a position player role.

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Harry Hooper spent the next year with the Sacramento Senators, hitting.

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Harry Hooper did not know it at first, but his manager in Sacramento, Charles Graham, was a scout for the Boston Red Sox.

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Harry Hooper became a favorite with the fans and he established a reputation as a clutch player.

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Harry Hooper became known as a top-caliber defensive right fielder and a solid leadoff hitter.

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Harry Hooper invented a maneuver known as the "rump-slide" for catching shallow fly balls.

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Harry Hooper led all AL outfielders with 30 assists that season, but he committed a league-high 18 errors.

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Boston won the 1912 World Series, during which Harry Hooper made a catch that The Pittsburgh Press referred to as one of the finest plays in baseball history.

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Harry Hooper is reserved and bashful, and every action of his upon the baseball field plainly shows these qualities.

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On October 13,1915, in Game 5 of the 1915 World Series, Harry Hooper became the second player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game.

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Harry Hooper talked Boston manager Ed Barrow into converting Babe Ruth from a pitcher to an outfielder.

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Since 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Hooper Frazee had been getting rid of expensive veteran players in what has been called a "fire-sale".

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Newspaper accounts said that Harry Hooper had not been warned about the trade, that he would demand a higher salary from the White Sox, and that he was prepared not to play unless the team met his demands.

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Harry Hooper had some of his best offensive production with the White Sox.

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In 1922 and again in 1924, Harry Hooper was involved in eight double plays, which led the league for outfielders in both of those seasons.

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In 1925, Harry Hooper asked for his release from Chicago so that he could pursue a position as a manager.

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Harry Hooper holds the Red Sox franchise records for most triples and stolen bases, as well as Fenway Park records for triples and stolen bases.

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Harry Hooper is only one of two players to be a part of four Red Sox World Series championships.

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Early in his baseball career, Harry Hooper became involved in business interests that were unrelated to baseball.

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Harry Hooper later purchased additional orchards in Yuba City, and he began to produce artichokes and pomegranates.

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Harry Hooper received a military draft exemption as a farmer in 1917, but his land was mostly maintained by his father or by foremen that he hired.

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Harry Hooper was named player-manager for San Francisco's minor league team in the Pacific Coast League in 1927.

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Harry Hooper coached the baseball team at Princeton University for two seasons in the 1930s.

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Harry Hooper elected to leave the university when, in a cost-cutting measure prompted by the Great Depression, the administration proposed that his $5,000 annual salary be reduced by 40 percent.

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Harry Hooper was active in civic affairs through the chamber of commerce and the improvement club.

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In 1939, Harry Hooper agreed to coach Boston's professional indoor baseball league team.

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Harry Hooper remained active in later life, enjoying hunting, fishing and following the San Francisco Giants and the Red Sox.

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Harry Hooper had been healthy enough to attend that summer's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and he had gone duck hunting less than a month before he died.

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Harry Hooper had surgery for a circulatory issue three weeks before his death, but he seemed to have recovered well from that procedure.

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Harry Hooper said that Hooper was the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame before his death.

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