Harry Hooper, the all-time leader in career assists by a right fielder.
Harry Hooper, the all-time leader in career assists by a right fielder.

In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being one of the few sports in which the defensive team controls the ball. An assist is credited to every defensive player who fields or touches the ball (after it has been hit by the batter) before the recording of a putout, even if the contact was unintentional. For example, if a ball strikes a player's leg and bounces off him to another fielder, who tags the baserunner, the first player is credited with an assist. A fielder can receive a maximum of one assist per out recorded. An assist is also credited if a putout would have occurred, had another fielder not committed an error. For example, a shortstop might field a ground ball cleanly, but the first baseman might drop his throw. In this case, an error would be charged to the first baseman, and the shortstop would be credited with an assist.

A right fielder (RF) is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. The right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.

Harry Hooper[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in career assists as a right fielder with 333. Hooper is the only right fielder with more than 300 career assists.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career assists. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of player.
A Total career assists.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

List

Roberto Clemente, 2nd all-time in assists by a right fielder.
Roberto Clemente, 2nd all-time in assists by a right fielder.
Rank Player A as CF
1 Harry Hooper * 333
2 Roberto Clemente * 255
3 Mel Ott * 235
Paul Waner * 235
5 Sam Crawford * 195
6 Sam Rice * 192
7 Ross Youngs * 185
8 Tommy Griffith 182
9 John Titus 180
10 Hank Aaron * 179
11 Chuck Klein * 174
12 Harry Heilmann * 173
13 Johnny Callison 159
Rusty Staub 159
15 Gavvy Cravath 158
16 Dwight Evans 155
17 Jesse Barfield 154
18 Max Flack 153
19 Jack Tobin 151
20 Larry Walker * 150
21 Tony Gwynn * 148
22 Al Kaline * 129
23 Mike Mitchell 145
24 Chief Wilson 143
25 Dave Parker 136
Frank Schulte 136
27 Wally Moses 134
28 Bobby Abreu 130
29 Jeff Francoeur 128
Dave Winfield * 128
31 Sammy Sosa 127
32 Vladimir Guerrero * 126
Reggie Jackson * 126
34 Shano Collins 120
Red Murray 120
Curt Walker 120
37 Nick Markakis 119
Casey Strengel * 119
39 Enos Slaughter * 118
40 Willie Keeler * 117
41 Carl Furillo 115
42 Babe Ruth * 114
43 Bill Nicholson 112
44 Steve Evans 111
Dixie Walker 111
46 Elmer Flick * 110
47 Bobby Bonds 108
Magglio Ordonez 108
49 Paul O'Neill 105
50 Bruce Campbell 104
Rank Player A as CF
Kiki Cuyler * 104
Cliff Heathcote 104
53 Jackie Jensen 103
Raul Mondesi 103
55 Al Cowens 102
56 Willard Marshall 100
Tim Salmon 100
Ichiro Suzuki 100
59 Tom Brunansky 99
60 Harry Lumley 98
Rubén Sierra 98
62 Ty Cobb * 96
Jermaine Dye 96
Gene Moore 96
65 George Browne 95
Jay Buhner 95
Jose Guillen 95
Billy Southworth * 95
Glenn Wilson 95
70 Jay Bruce 94
Shoeless Joe Jackson 94
72 Sixto Lezcano 93
73 Jack Clark 91
74 Babe Herman 90
Hunter Pence 90
76 José Bautista 88
77 Rocky Colavito 87
Tommy Henrich 87
79 Hank Bauer 86
80 Bob Meusel 84
81 Jeromy Burnitz 83
Shawn Green 83
Cory Snyder 83
84 Wally Post 82
85 Socks Seybold 81
Elmer Smith 81
Ellis Valentine 81
88 Patsy Donovan 80
89 Pete Fox 79
Danny Moeller 79
91 Andre Dawson * 77
Braggo Roth 77
93 Cozy Dolan 76
Doc Gessler 76
Darryl Strawberry 76
96 Danny Murphy 75
Ron Northey 75
98 Dante Bichette 74
George Harper 74
100 Ival Goodman 73
Gary Sheffield 73

References

  1. ^ "Harry Hooper Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Zingg - Reed, Paul - E. A. (Betsy). "Harry Hooper Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Harry Hooper Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.