R.I.P. Waite Hoyt

Posed pitching of New York Yankee Waite Hoyt, 5/19/1927 / Louis Van Oeyen, photographer.

Posed pitching of New York Yankee Waite Hoyt, 5/19/1927 / Louis Van Oeyen, photographer.

Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt passed away during the 1984 season.

The 237-game winner passed away from heart failure in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 25th.

Hoyt was born September 9th, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York.

At just 15 years old, the right-handed pitcher was signed to a contract by New York Giants legendary manager John McGraw.

After one appearance with the Giants in 1918 (3 batters faced, 2 strikeouts) and a pair of half-seasons played with the Boston Red Sox, Hoyt found himself in the rotation for the 1921 New York Yankees.

That’s damned good luck.

He won 19 games in that first season and went 2-1 in the 1921 World Series, tossing 3 complete games and allowing no earned runs in 27 innings of work.

He took the loss in the decisive Game 8 of that series, beaten by the Giants when a walk came around to score on a two-out error by shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh.

Hoyt spent 10 seasons with the Yankees, going 157-98 during that time, with 7 seasons in which he wont 16 games or more.

He pitched 21 seasons, finishing 237-182 with a 3.59 ERA.

He’s currently 59th in career wins.

He failed to ever amass more than 19.2% of votes for induction into the Hall of Fame, peaking in the 1956 ballot by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.

In 1969, he was selected by the Veteran’s Committee.

Hoyt sometimes went by the moniker “The Merry Mortician” – when not playing, he worked as a mortician by day and was on the vaudeville circuit at night, performing alongside Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and George Burns.

In the early 1940s, he started work as the radio play-by-play man for the Cincinnati Reds, holding the job for 24 seasons.


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