This is one in a series of profiles of members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame who have an affiliation with the Dodger franchise. Each Cooperstown Capsule will include the Hall of Famer’s connection with the Dodger organization, his year of induction, links to his statistics and Hall of Fame webpage, and more.
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Hall of Fame credentials, year of induction:
A two-time 20-game winner, he also won 19 games twice and finished with 237 career wins. Seven times he was in the league’s top ten in strikeouts, wins, and shutouts. Hoyt pitched in seven World Series, posting a 1.83 earned run average. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Connection to the Dodger franchise:
Hoyt suited up for Brooklyn in 1932, ’37, and ’38. In his three seasons with the Dodgers, he went 8-13.
Best remembered for…
…being the winningest pitcher for the 1927 Yankes. No Yankee pitcher won more games during the 1920s. Many remember Hoyt as the play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds from 1942-1965.
Did you know?
At the time of his retirement, Hoyt had won more World Series games than anyone in baseball history.
One of Hoyt’s nicknames was the “Merry Mortician”. This was an appropriate tag — in the off season he spent his days as a funeral director and his nights appearing on Vaudeville.
Also happening at the time…
Hoyt was born in 1899 and died one month shy of his 85th birthday in 1984. Before his 21st birthday, he witnessed World War I. He pitched throughout the Roaring 20s and through much of the Great Drepression. While Hoyt was broadcasting for the Reds, WWII broke out, Japan endured the nuclear bomb, and the war ended. After Hoyt’s retirement, man first walked on the moon. Before Hoyt’s death in 1984, Japan had the world’s first nationwide cell phone network.
Link to Waite Hoyt’s page on the Baseball Hall of Fame Website
Link to Waite Hoyt’s career statistics via Baseball-reference.com
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