Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Topes' Hooper Proves To Be Work of Art.(Final)

Byline: Randy Harrison Journal Staff Writer

* Despite his 'average' frame, 26-year-old makes most of his talent

His Isotopes uniform fits loosely. He wears high stockings, long sleeves, swings a light 31-ounce bat and looks like a kid among men.

So 26-year-old Kevin Hooper was perfect conversation fodder for dads and young sons during a Father's Day outing at the ballpark.

Wittingly or not, most fathers will raise sons who are like the Albuquerque infielder -- that is, average in height, girth and strength.

But the encouraging lesson to hand down is that Hooper, 5 feet, 91/2 inches and 160 pounds of spark plug, is making it.

"I tell kids that," says Hooper, a native of Lawrence, Kan. …

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