Hoyt, Waite

Waite Charles Hoyt
Born: September 9, 1899, Brooklyn, New York
Died: August 25, 1984, Cincinnati, Ohio
Played For: 
New York Giants (1918, 1932), Boston Red Sox (1919-1920), New York Yankees (1921-1930), Detroit Tigers (1930-1931), Philadelphia A's (1931), Brooklyn Dodgers (1932, 1937-1938), Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1937)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1969

Signed by John McGraw after pitching batting practice for the Giants at age 15, Waite Hoyt went on to become the mainstay of six Yankees pennant winners in the 1920s. Schoolboy pitched three games in the 1921 World Series against the Giants and allowed only two runs -- both unearned -- over 27 innings, earning two of his six career World Series victories. The highly intelligent and articulate right-hander ended his 21-year career in 1938 and broadcast games in New York and Cincinnati for the next 28 seasons.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Waite Hoyt was nicknamed The Merry Mortician because he worked as an undertaker during the offseason?
He appeared almost casual on the mound, never creating the impression that he was bearing down with any great amount of sweat or strain. Games when the chips were down brought out the best in him.
sportswriter Tom Meany