Minor Presence, Major Career

Waite Hoyt was born on this day in 1899.  Although he was elected to the Hall of Fame on 1969 by the Veteran’s Committee, he had failed on 15 previous attempts; he garnered 19.2% of the vote in 1956.  That was not exactly a stamp of major approval by the electorate, but he made it nonetheless.


 His career did not begin in Nashville, by any means, but for someone who only spent three seasons in the minor leagues it was even less impressive during his tenure with the Vols.  In 1918 Hoyt pitched to a 5-10 mark although his ERA was a respectable 2.04.

From there, one cannot argue with his major league tenure:  21 years, 237-182 winning record, 3.59 career ERA, first in winning percentage and wins in 1927 (.759 & 22), and saves in 1928 (8).

“Schoolboy” Hoyt had his claim to fame in his first season as a New York Yankee in 1921 (only three years removed from his Nashville season) when he won 19 games and had three complete games in the World Series.  That was quite a feat itself, but he did it with no earned runs.  During his career, he won 6 American League championships with the Yankees, and one with the Philadelphia Hoyt, along with Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler remain the only former Nashville Vols to have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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