#84 Bob Hooper
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"His Walk About" - The Canadian born Hooper compiled a career record of 40-41 over six Major League seasons with Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. As a rookie with the Athletics in 1950, Hooper went 15-10 for a last place team that only won 52 games all year. Hooper hit four home runs as a hitter over the course of his MLB Career.
"That's Not a Knife" - It's a rope and you better start climbing it if you want to pass this class. Following his playing career, Hooper spent a few seasons managing low level minor league teams in the Orioles system, then a few years as a scout for the Mets, before becoming a P.E. Teacher in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
"More of a love bite really..." - This is another card that is in very nice shape. These 53's, when compared to the 52's, have so far proven much easier to find in decent shape at a decent price.
"Down Under" - Hooper is card #340 in the '52 Topps set. That's a high number, and as such, not one that I own. Despite not having one in hand, I can say with confidence I prefer this '53 to his '52, though neither are going to be confused as the best cards in their respective sets. That evens the tally at 13-13-1.
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