Harry Bartholomew Hooper
– December 18
) was a
Major League Baseball
in the early 20th century.
1912 baseball card
Hooper batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Hooper was born in
A graduate in engineering
at Saint Mary's College of
, he broke into the majors with the Red Sox in 1909,
and still holds many of the team's records. He was traded to the
Chicago White Sox
in the 1921
season and finished his career in 1925.
Hooper was known as a top-caliber defensive right fielder
and a solid leadoff hitter.
Between 1910 and 1915, he teamed with Tris
) and Duffy Lewis
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
80 years later. Beside
this, Hooper is the only person to be a part of four Red Sox
championships: in 1912,
1915, 1916 and 1918. On October 13, 1915, he became the first
player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game. Hooper
was also the captain of the Red Sox in 1919.
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. He holds the Red Sox
franchise records for most triples (130) and stolen bases (300).
Hooper was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. 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.
Hooper was born on August 24, 1887 in Bell Station,
California. His family had previously migrated to
California as many other families from the United States due to the California Gold Rush.
father, Joe Hooper, was born in Morrell, Prince Edward Island in
Canada.. Joe was the fourth child and second boy born
to William Hooper, Harry's grandfather,
and his Portuguese wife Louisa.
Harry was the youngest child in
his family of four, having an older sister named Lulu and an older
brother named George.