Harry Hooper: An American Baseball Life

Overview

Through the figure of Harry Hooper (1887-1974), star of four World Series championship teams and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Paul Zingg describes baseball's transformation from an often rowdy spectacle to a respectable career choice and entertainment institution. Zingg chronicles Hooper's rise from a sharecropper background in California to college and then to the pinnacle of his sport. Boston's lead-off hitter and right fielder from 1909 to 1920, Hooper later played for the Chicago White Sox, managed ...
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Overview

Through the figure of Harry Hooper (1887-1974), star of four World Series championship teams and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Paul Zingg describes baseball's transformation from an often rowdy spectacle to a respectable career choice and entertainment institution. Zingg chronicles Hooper's rise from a sharecropper background in California to college and then to the pinnacle of his sport. Boston's lead-off hitter and right fielder from 1909 to 1920, Hooper later played for the Chicago White Sox, managed in the Pacific Coast League, and coached Princeton's team. When he retired in 1925, he held every major fielding record for an American League right fielder. Hooper's diaries, memoirs, and six decades of letters offer a rich and colorful commentary on the evolution of the game, as well as insight into the tensions between a player's public and private lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this biography of Hooper 1887-1974, Zingg focuses on his major league career with the Boston Red Sox between 1909 and 1920, then with the Chicago White Sox, for whom he played until 1925. Esteemed by his fellow athletes, Hall-of-Famer Hooper belonged to the outfield trio that included Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis which is considered the best ever in fielding skill. And although his lifetime batting average was under .300, Hooper was judged the top leadoff batter of his time, with a remarkable on-base percentage and great prowess as a base stealer. As one of the few college graduates on the diamond--he attended St. Mary's on the San Francisco peninsula, where the author teaches history--Hooper was so respected for his knowledge that he was even able to convince Red Sox manager Ed Barrow to convert Babe Ruth from a pitcher into an outfielder. Zingg's well-crafted biography captures the low-key personality of his subject, a player fans will enjoy becoming reacquainted with. Photos not seen by PW . Sept.
Library Journal
Hooper, a member of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, played for the Red Sox and the White Sox in a career that spanned from 1909 to 1920. Zingg history, St. Mary's Coll. warmly portrays one of pro ball's early college men. Though not an outstanding batter, Hooper was a fine defensive player, called by teammate Babe Ruth ``the greatest defensive outfielder.'' Although Hooper recalls his career in Lawrence S. Ritter's The Glory of Their Times Morrow, 1992. rev. ed., this is a good choice for sports shelves, especially in the Boston area.-- Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252071706
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2004
  • Series: Sport and Society Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1. Passage to California 13
2. The Game of His Youth 28
3. College Days, Career Choices 39
4. A Season in the Majors 60
5. Trial and Triumph 78
6. Dearest Esther 107
7. The Phoenix at Fenway 127
8. Captain Harry 141
9. Bitter Victory 157
10. Changing Sox 178
Epilogue 207
Appendixes 225
Notes 231
Bibliography 255
Index 265
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