LaPorte was a quiet player who split most of his seasons among several positions. In 1911 he batted a career-high .314 with 37 doubles and 82 as the Browns’ second baseman, leading AL second basemen in assists, double plays, and errors. He was pushed out by Del Pratt in 1912 and sold to the Senators. He could hit line drives as hard as any AL player when he jumped to the Federal League, which he led with 107 RBI in 1914 while batting .311 for the first-place Indianapolis Hoosiers in 1914. He bowed out after a 1915 season in which his average dropped to .253, although he did lead league second basemen in putouts, assists, and double plays.