Teams: New York Giants, 1918, 1932; Boston Red Sox, 1919-1920; New York Yankees, 1921-1930; Detroit Tigers, 1930-1931; Philadelphia Athletics, 1931; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1932, 1937-1938; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1933-1937
One of many pitchers who rode the Babe Ruth- and Lou Gehrig-led Yankees to the Hall of Fame, Waite Hoyt labored in the major leagues for 21 years, pitching in six World Series and winning five championships with the Yankees. His career in baseball spanned many eras, and he played a part in many of the richest moments in baseball history.
After his playing career ended, Waite Hoyt became
the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds.
John McGraw found Waite intriguing however, signed the 17-year-old right-hander, and sent him to the minors, where he went 4-5 in his first year. In 1917, his second pro year, “Schoolboy” won 10 games but lost 28. He wasn’t promoted to the bigs until mid-1918, after a 5-10 record in the Southern Association.
Waite pitched in one inning for the Giants (striking out two batters) before he was shipped back to the minors. Waite became disillusioned with the Giants organization but was lucky when the Red Sox bought his contract in 1919. Following a 6-6 record in 1920, Waite was traded to the Yankees.
In his first season with the Bombers, Hoyt won 19 games, helping New York to its first AL pennant. In that year’s nine-game World Series, he won twice in three games while not allowing a single run in his 27 innings of work. It was the first of three straight pennants for the Yanks.
In 1924, the Yankees began to slip, falling to seventh by 1926. In ’27, Hoyt enjoyed the finest year of his 21-year career. He led the league with a 22-7 record while posting a 2.63 ERA for perhaps the most awesome team ever to take the field. His last effective year as a starter (23-7) came in 1928.
After appearing in six World Series and winning 157 games for the Yankees, Hoyt began his travels, and would eventually see action with seven teams without much success. He had mild success as a reliever for the Pirates in the early 1930s, however. Hoyt retired from pitching after the 1938 season.
In 1941, Waite jumped into broadcasting and became the voice of the Reds, a position he held for 24 years. He was a prime agitator when Reds fans stuffed the ballot boxes with preprinted ballots and had their fourth-place team elected practically en masse to the 1957 All-Star Team. Waite was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
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