Cooperstown Chronicles – Harry Hooper

Aug 24, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Harry Hooper, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1971.

Played 1909 – 1925 (17 Seasons)
2309 Games
8785 At Bats
.281 Batting Average
1429 Runs (75th All-time)
2466 Hits
389 Doubles
160 Triples (39th All-time)
75 HRs
817 RBI
1136 Walks
375 SBs

Five .300+ Seasons
Three 100+ Run Seasons
Three 30+ Double Seasons
Nine 10+ Triple Season
Two 30+ Stolen Base Seasons

World Series:  4 Rings, 27 for 92 (.293), 13 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 Triples, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, 11 Walks, 2 SBs

Awards
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Games – 4 Times
At Bats – 7 Times
On-Base % – 3 Times
OPS - 3 Times
Runs - 10 Times
Doubles - 4 Times
Triples – 7 Times
HRs - 3 Times
Total Bases - Twice
Extra-Base Hits - 3 Times
Walks – 10 Times
Hit by Pitch - 4 Times
Stolen Bases – 8 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Gray Ink: Batting – 113 (181) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 34.0 (203) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 38.5 (470) (Likely HOFer > 100)

This one is close.  If he had 71 more Runs he would have had the 1500 mark that virtually assures you induction.  His batting average wasn’t particularly strong.  He stole a lot of bases, but was more consistent than dominant in that category.  His HOF yardsticks fall just short.  He did set the table as a leadoff hitter for the Sox and helped them win four World Series titles, including an amazing bare-handed grab that saved the game for Boston.  I’m guessing being part of that mini-dynasty helped get him in.  I’m on the fence with this one.  I guess I’ll give him my nod because of the World Series titles. 

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen

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