Sunday, February 1, 2015

HALL OF FAME #6: HARRY HOOPER: CLASS OF 1971

Here's another one of those "head-scratcher" Hall of Fame inductees from the era: former outfielder Harry Hooper.


Now, while he wasn't a former teammate of Frankie Frisch, you have to wonder if cronyism was involved with this Veteran's Committee selection in 1971, as Hooper's career wasn't exactly screaming "INDUCTION".
Then again, Hooper was an important cog in those Boston red Sox champion teams during their dynasty of the teens (1912,1915,1916,1918), and was one of the premier fielding outfielders of the day, so maybe I have it wrong.
It's just curious to me since when he was eligible for BBWA voting he never garnered more than 3.0% of the vote.
Over the course of 17-years Hooper collected 2466 hits with a .281 average, 1429 runs scored, 160 triples and 375 stolen bases.
But it was in the field where he really made his mark, leading the American League in fielding six times as a right fielder, while pacing the league in assists three times and putouts six times.
He finished off his career with five solid seasons as a member of the Chicago White Sox, even posting a career high .328 average in 1924 at the age of 36.
Nevertheless, there sure are a bunch of Hall of Fame inductions involving players that don't seem to stand the test of time these days huh?

2 comments:

  1. Decent numbers but probably not Hall-worthy considering he didn't get much action during his eligibility. If defense makes the difference then Davey Concepcion belongs there too. Comparable numbers and he redefined the position long before Ozzie Smith came along. I'm loving the card series too. I always loved cards of the old time players whenever Topps included them. Looks like they belong.

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  2. I re-read this post and looked at his numbers. The batting average is modest but a few of them jumped out at me like the 2400 hits and the runs scored and triples. I wonder where he ranked when he retired from baseball. Perhaps he was up there in the pre-Babe Ruth ear when numbers became skewed by the Bambino.

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