Blue Hens Hall of Fame - Bob Hooper

By Sean Greene 1:38am, November 3, 2012
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Bob Hooper
Two-sport athlete Bob Hooper was nearly perfect as a pitcher and a quarterback in the 1950s, and was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night.

The Mill Creek, Pa. native was part of football teams that went 23-4 under David Nelson, and baseball teams that went 37-20-1, including his senior year under Tubby Raymond.

His senior year on the gridiron he went 8-1 throwing for 665 yards and led all East quarterbacks with 9 touchdowns. He also led the 1955 team in interceptions while additionally serving as kicker and punter.

On the mound, he was good as a reliever, but had a fantastic senior season in 1956, posting a 9-0 record with a 1.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts. The team went 14-2 and became the first Delaware team to advance to the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

After graduating from Delaware with a biology degree in 1956, he went on to Penn for 4 years to earn a dentistry degree. He returned to Newark in 1965 practicing dentistry until retiring in 2000. He also served as a US Open Golf Rules Official for nearly 30 years.

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