Harry Hooper: An American Baseball Life

Harry Hooper: An American Baseball Life

by Paul J Zingg

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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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252071706
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 01/22/2004
Series: Sport and Society Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Paul J. Zingg is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Polytechnic State University. He is the coauthor of Runs, Hits, and An Era: The Pacific Coast League, 1903-58.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1.Passage to California13
2.The Game of His Youth28
3.College Days, Career Choices39
4.A Season in the Majors60
5.Trial and Triumph78
6.Dearest Esther107
7.The Phoenix at Fenway127
8.Captain Harry141
9.Bitter Victory157
10.Changing Sox178
Epilogue207
Appendixes225
Notes231
Bibliography255
Index265

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