Friday, October 27, 2017

Hall of Fame Friday: Harry Hooper

I have a Hall of Fame binder where I have one card for every person in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I should say I have a card, or a space for a card, for every person in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

I picked up this 2012 Panini Cooperstown card of Harry Hooper at my LCS from one of the 15/$1 boxes. This fills a hole in my binder. 

Let's take a look at the life and career of Harry Bartholomew Hooper. Hooper was born on August 24, 1887 in Bell Station, California and died on December 18, 1974 at the age of 87 in Santa Cruz, California.

Harry Hooper played for the Boston Red Sox from 1909 - 1920 and for the Chicago White Sox from 1921 - 1925.

Hopper was on four World Series winners; all with the Red Sox in 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918. Hooper played outfield alongside Tris Speaker and was a major influence in having Babe Ruth switch from a pitcher to an outfielder.

He hit .281 with 2,466 hits during his career and is still the Red Sox all-time leader in triples (131) and stolen bases (300) and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

After retiring from baseball, Hooper lived in Capitola, California and Hooper Beach there is named after him. 


  1. Once the 2017 baseball card season is over I'm going to turn my attention to my HOF binder. I got the idea from you awhile back, I believe, and I'm sure I have more open spaces to fill. Should be fun!
    15/$1... I hope I'm that lucky!

  2. Sounds like Hooper had a pretty solid retirement plan. Capitola is one of my favorite local getaway places.

  3. One of my prized pieces is a Hooper certified aotographed postcard

  4. I love this set..I have a couple of cards and those are one of my favs from the 'other-than-TOPPS' sets out there

  5. I bought a box of this when it came out. Send me a list of some HOFers you need and I will grab the base from this set for you of those players if I got it.