September 9 – Happy Birthday Waite Hoyt

Today’s Pinstripe Birthdays Blog celebrant is the New York Yankee Hall of Fame pitcher, Waite Hoyt, born in Brooklyn, NY, September 9, 1899.

Another gift from the Red Sox, the Yankees obtained this right-hander in 1920 in a seven- player deal a year after they purchased Babe Ruth from Boston. The Yankees also were able to steal Hall of Fame hurlers, Herb Pennock and Red Ruffing and five-time 20-game winner Carl Mays from the Red Sox during the same ten-year period.

In his very first season in Pinstripes, Hoyt won nineteen regular season games and then pitched three complete games against the Giants in the 1921 World Series winning two and not allowing an earned run in any of them. He pitched for New York for ten seasons, winning 157 games, which places him in ninth place on the Yankees All-Time victories list. Hoyt pitched a total of twenty seasons in the big leagues including stints with all three of the New York City teams, retiring in 1938. He then became the first ex big-leaguer to make the move into the broadcast booth. He spent 21 years doing Reds’ games and became an institution in Cincinnati.

A huge drinker who beat the habit, the colorful Hoyt was also a great storyteller and had plenty of stories to tell. During the off-season he worked in both a funeral parlor and in Vaudeville. He had one of the closest relationships with the great Ruth of any ballplayer and his stories about the Bambino were considered classics. Hoyt’s ability to entertain Reds’ fans with tales of his past during rain delays were so entertaining, recordings of the sessions became best-selling records.  Hoyt died in 1984.

This  former Yankee outfielder, this one-time Yankee manager and this former Yankee third baseman all share Hoyt’s September 9th birthday.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1921 NYY 19 13 .594 3.09 43 32 7 21 1 3 282.1 301 121 97 3 81 102 1.353
1922 NYY 19 12 .613 3.43 37 31 3 17 3 0 265.0 271 114 101 13 76 95 1.309
1923 NYY 17 9 .654 3.02 37 28 7 19 1 1 238.2 227 97 80 9 66 60 1.228
1924 NYY 18 13 .581 3.79 46 32 13 14 2 4 247.0 295 117 104 8 76 71 1.502
1925 NYY 11 14 .440 4.00 46 30 14 17 1 6 243.0 283 124 108 14 78 86 1.486
1926 NYY 16 12 .571 3.85 40 28 8 12 1 4 217.2 224 112 93 4 62 79 1.314
1927 NYY 22 7 .759 2.63 36 32 4 23 3 1 256.1 242 90 75 10 54 86 1.155
1928 NYY 23 7 .767 3.36 42 31 11 19 3 8 273.0 279 118 102 16 60 67 1.242
1929 NYY 10 9 .526 4.24 30 25 3 12 0 1 201.2 219 115 95 9 69 57 1.428
1930 NYY 2 2 .500 4.53 8 7 0 2 0 0 47.2 64 27 24 7 9 10 1.531
21 Yrs 237 182 .566 3.59 674 425 171 226 26 52 3762.1 4037 1780 1500 154 1003 1206 1.340
NYY (10 yrs) 157 98 .616 3.48 365 276 70 156 15 28 2272.1 2405 1035 879 93 631 713 1.336
PIT (5 yrs) 35 31 .530 3.08 156 45 69 23 4 18 616.1 635 250 211 25 115 270 1.217
BRO (3 yrs) 8 13 .381 3.94 41 24 7 10 1 1 210.0 242 119 92 9 47 54 1.376
NYG (2 yrs) 5 7 .417 3.39 19 12 4 3 0 0 98.1 103 43 37 6 25 31 1.302
BOS (2 yrs) 10 12 .455 3.85 35 22 12 12 3 1 226.2 222 114 97 3 69 73 1.284
DET (2 yrs) 12 16 .429 5.22 42 32 9 13 1 4 227.2 300 159 132 9 79 35 1.665
PHA (1 yr) 10 5 .667 4.22 16 14 0 9 2 0 111.0 130 60 52 9 37 30 1.505
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2013.

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