Cooperstown Chronicles – Waite Hoyt

May 20, 2009
I decided to profile Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1969.

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

Image courtesy of TSN/Icon SMI 
The Numbers
Played 1918-38 (21 seasons)
237 Wins – 182 Losses
.566 Winning Percentage
3.59 ERA
1.340 WHIP
1206 Strikeouts
674 Games
423 Starts
3762-1/3 Innings Pitched
226 Complete Games
26 Shutouts
52 Saves

Two 20+ Win Seasons
Four Sub-3.00 ERA Seasons (Just one with 200+ Innings)

World Series:  3 Rings, 12 Games, 11 Starts,83-2/3 IP, 6-4, 1.83 ERA, 49 Ks, 6 CGs, 1 Shutout

MVP Votes in 1928 & 1934

Top Ten Finishes
Wins - Seven Times (Led league in 1927)
ERA - Five Times
Winning % – Six Times (Led league in 1927)
WHIP – Six Times (Led league in 1923)
Games – Six Times
Starts – Five Times
Innings Pitched – Five Times
Strikeouts – Seven Times
Complete Games – Five Times
Shutouts – Seven Times
Saves – Nine Times (Led league in 1928)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink Pitching – 7 (324), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray Ink Pitching – 182 (55), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame Monitor Pitching – 93 (107), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame Standards Pitching – 32 (125), Average HOFer ≈ 50

As a player, Waite Hoyt is borderline for me.  He had a solid career, a signature season in 1927, and amazing postseason numbers.  He was masterful in the 1921, 1926, and 1928 World Series.  I’m not sure his numbers alone get him in, which is reflected in his HOF yardsticks.  However, when you factor in his 20+ years as broadcaster, as well as two spoken albums, it’s easy to justify Hoyt’s inclusion in Cooperstown.  Schoolboy was a baseball lifer and very deserving. 


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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    May 21st, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    He was masterful in the 1921, 1926, and 1928 World Series.

    That is what got him in!

  2. LestersLegends
    May 21st, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Playing for the yanks didn’t hurt his odds too.

  3. Larry
    May 21st, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    That too..Being a Yankee on those teams was almost a ticket to get in.

  4. erik
    August 6th, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    lolich should be in if this guy is in. i could have pitched for the yankees in the 20′s.

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