PRODcast 134′s Old School Player of the Week: Harry Chappas
Wee Harry Chappas?
A snack-sized SS for the White Sox from 1978 to 1980, Harry Perry Chappas only played in 72 games, but gained a cult following because he was apparently 5’3” and suffered from a severe case of Ralph Macchio Syndrome (a rare disease where a person a is 47 years old but still looks prepubescent). In those 72 games, Harry Perry hit .245, mashed a single tater, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated once, and posted an OPS+ of 64. In that SI cover story, it was revealed that he was closer to 5’5” or 5’7” and his lack of height had been exaggerated for promotional purposes. He was basically an extremely shitty prototype of what we now know as Jose Altuve. We are infinitely thankful that the baseball overlords have found a way to make “small guy” good and would thoroughly appreciate more of that in the future.
There’s a shocking twist to this story, but you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what it is.