No. 1: Harry Hooper
Where all my Harry Hooper fans at? Nowhere? You’ve never heard of him because he played for the Boston Red Sox literally a hundred years ago?
Let me fill you in!
First of all, Double H did NOT have power numbers. Mookie Betts had more home runs for the Sox on August 16th of last season than Hooper had in his entire BoSox career. But Hoops was a four-time World Series champion with the Sox and was part of the “Million Dollar Outfield” of Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis.
Harry Hooper had a World Series batting average of .293, and was considered the best leadoff hitter in his day, collecting a .411 on-base percentage in his last season in Boston before switching his sox to white.
Additionally, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 (which is why he’s No.1 on this list).
Oh yeah, he liked to go duck hunting as well. Went out a month before his death. After baseball, he became a postal worker, a position he held for 20 years. I can see Mookie Betts following a similar career path after signing a 15-year, 400 zillion-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees after this season.
(Honorable mention: Troy O’Leary)