Waite Hoyt

Waite Charles Hoyt
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1969
Primary team: New York Yankees
Primary position: Pitcher

"He appeared almost casual on the mound, never creating the impression that he was bearing down with any great amount of sweat or strain," Tom Meany wrote. "Games when the chips were down brought out the best in him."

Waite Hoyt first signed a professional contract with the New York Giants as a 15-year old at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn. But Hoyt played just one game for the Giants before embarking on a 21-year career with seven teams. Hoyt made his name with the Yankees, helping them to win three World Series titles in the 1920s.

The Yankees acquired Hoyt from the Red Sox before the 1921 season, when he was 21. He immediately validated the move by winning 19 games in each of his first two seasons in the Bronx. In the 1921 World Series against the Giants, Hoyt didn't allow an earned run in 27 innings, but still only went 2-1.

Hoyt continued to be a key contributor for the Yankees throughout the decade, peaking with the Yankees' World Series championship teams in 1923, 1927 and 1928. His 22-7 mark was the best winning percentage in baseball in 1927, and he earned MVP votes in 1928 after going 23-7. Hoyt was the ace of the 1927 Yankees, often considered the best team in baseball history.

Hoyt left New York during the 1930 season and would play for five teams before retiring in 1938. His best year after leaving the Yankees came in 1934, when he went 15-6 with a 2.93 ERA. Hoyt finished his career with a 237-182 record and a 3.59 ERA.

During retirement, Hoyt became a popular broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds, where he did play-by-play for 24 years. Perhaps his most famous moment as a broadcaster came when he spoke impromptu about Babe Ruth for two hours on air after a game when his death was announced. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1969, 31 years after he retired.

"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

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Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1969
Primary Team: New York Yankees
Position Played: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York
Birth year: 1899
Died: 1984, Cincinnati, Ohio
Played for:
New York Giants (1918)
Boston Red Sox (1919-1920)
New York Yankees (1921-1930)
Detroit Tigers (1930-1931)
Philadelphia Athletics (1931)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1932)
New York Giants (1932)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1937)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1937-1938)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
674
HitsH
4037
RunsR
1780
Innings PitchedIP
3762.1
WinsW
237
LossesL
182
Winning %Winning %
.566
Games StartedGS
45
ERAERA
3.59
Complete GamesCG
226
ShutoutsSHO
26
WHIPWHIP
1.340
SavesSV
53
Earned RunsER
1500
WalksBB
1003
StrikeoutsSO
1206