Sunday, February 24, 2013
WSC Vintage: Marty Hopkins
After debuting on April 17, 1934, at age twenty-seven, with the Philadelphia Phillies, Marty would play in ten games for the Phightin' Phils before being involved in a transaction which sent him back to the American Association St. Paul Saints, where he had spent the previous five seasons. Hopkins would only spend a month and a half in Minnesota before being purchased from the Saints by the White Sox on June 27, 1934.
Marty made his ChiSox debut on July 15, 1934, in the first game of a double header in Chicago against Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. He replaced manager Jimmy Dykes at third base in the late innings of an 11-7 loss. His first Sox hit came a few days later, on July 18th, against the Boston Red Sox, at Comiskey Park.
Hopkins remained with the White Sox through the 1935 season. He appeared in one hundred twenty-six games for the Pale Hose over those two years and sported a .218 average. In 1935, he moved from third base to second base for the last week of May, replacing Glenn Wright, who was replacing Jackie Hayes, who was out of the lineup for an extended amount of time. It was a short lived experiment, as he was back at his familiar position of third base on June 1st. Tony Piet was purchased from the Cincinnati Reds on June 4th to fill in for the vacated Hayes.
Marty spent 1936 in the White Sox organization, playing for the American Association Kansas City Blues. Hopkins remained with the Blues through the 1937 season, under control of the New York Yankees.