Thursday, August 12, 2010

WSC Vintage: Harry Hooper

Card #19 - Harry Hooper

Harry finished his Hall of Fame career with the White Sox from 1921 until 1925. Hoop came to the White Sox through a trade with the Boston Red Sox for Shano Collins and Nemo Leibold.

His World Series days may have been behind him, when he was traded to Chicago, but Harry had the unenviable task of replacing newly banned outfielder, Joe Jackson. Hooper brought his stellar defense with him and a resurgent bat, boasting his two highest season averages in 1921 and 1924. Harry wasn't an upgrade from the departed Jackson, but he held his own.

After seventeen seasons, Harry sported a .966 fielding percentage, only dipping below that career average twice while in a White Sox uniform, albeit just a fraction under the total. Despite the addition of Harry Hooper to the lineup, the White Sox wouldn't return to the postseason for many years.

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