Friday, August 24, 2012
On this day in 1887, outfielder Harry Hooper was born.
On March 4, 1921, Harry Hooper was traded to the Chicago White Sox from the Boston Red Sox for Shano Collins and Nemo Leibold. During his five years on the South Side, Hooper actually put up better numbers than the twelve years he spent in a Red Sox uniform. Although being on the wrong side of thirty when he arrived in Chicago, the production wouldn't last.
Harry hit .302 during his time with the Pale Hose as opposed to the .272 he hit with the Carmines. He also hit forty-five home runs with the White Sox during his five year tenure. Over twelve years with Boston, he only managed to hit thirty. After baseball, Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Hooper Postmaster of Capitola, California, a position he held for twenty-four years. Harry was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.