Harry Hooper

Right Fielder

Class of 1971

Harry Hooper

Right Fielder

Class of 1971
Harry Hooper was a shining member of Boston's famed "Million-Dollar Outfield."

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About Harry Hooper

"The best outfield trio I ever saw? That's easy. Speaker, Lewis and Hooper – and the greatest of those was Hooper." – Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan

Harry Hooper arrived in Boston for his first full season in 1910, joining Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis in the outfield for a six-year run. The trio was dubbed the "Million-Dollar Outfield" and won two World Series together. Hooper added two more after Speaker and then Lewis left.

While Speaker was clearly the outfield's headliner, Hooper proved to be an outstanding player as well. He was known for his defense in right field and for being one of the better leadoff hitters of his time. Hooper hit .311 in 1911, the first of five times in his career he would hit better than .300. He took a step back at the plate in 1912, hitting .242 when the Red Sox won their first AL pennant in his time with Boston, but made up for it with a .290 average in the World Series.

Hooper bounced back in 1913, hitting .288 and scoring 100 runs for the first time in his career. Then in the 1915 World Series, Hooper hit .350 with two home runs as Boston defeated Philadelphia in five games.

Despite Speaker's departure for Cleveland in 1916, Boston was able to defend its World Series championship. Hooper hit .333 in five games against the Brooklyn Robins. Hooper's one poor World Series came in 1918 when he hit just .200 in six games against the Cubs. Still, Hooper finished his World Series career with a .293 average – and his Red Sox were a perfect 4-for-4 in the Fall Classic.

Like the other two members of the Million-Dollar Outfield, Hooper eventually departed Boston. He joined the White Sox for the 1921 season, playing the final five years of his career in Chicago. Hooper retired in 1925 with a career .281 batting average and 1,429 runs scored.

In 1931, Hooper became Princeton's baseball coach, a position he held for two years. He also served as the postmaster for Capitola, Calf., for more than 20 years.

Hooper was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971. He passed away on Dec. 18, 1974.

The Basics

Year inducted
1971
Birth Place
Bell Station, California
Birth Year
1887
Died
1974, Santa Cruz California

Career at a Glance

Primary Team
Boston Red Sox
Primary Position
Right Fielder
Bats
Left
Throws
Right
Played For
Boston Red Sox, 1909-1920
Chicago White Sox, 1921-1925

Career MLB Stats

Games
2,309
At bats
8,785
Runs
1,429
Hits
2,466
Doubles
389
Triples
160
Home Runs
75
RBI
816
Stolen Bases
375
Walks
1,136
Batting Average
.281
Ops
.755
On Base %
.368
Slugging %
.387