George ‘Hooks’ Wiltse

Inducted in 1990

  • 1880: Born in Hamilton, New York
  • 1900: First professional game with the Syracuse Stars
  • 1904 -1914: Joined New York Giants, pitching in 367 games, winning 142, losing 90 with 29 shutouts in 2112 innings.
  • Wiltse had one of the most sensational rookie campaigns in history, winning his first 13 games while going 13-3 in 1904 for the New York Giants
  • Won 12 or more games in eight consecutive years, and twice Hook won 20 games in a season.
  • The New York Giants won five National League pennants in 11 seasons with Hooks on the team.
  • Hooks made only 31 errors in 319 games with a fielding percentage of .956.
  • 1908: Only pitcher in baseball history to strike out seven batters in two successive innings (four batters struck out in one inning).
  • July 4, 1908: The first left-handed pitcher in professional baseball to ever pitch a ten inning no-hit game.
  • Holds the major league record for most wins at the start of a career (12 wins).
  • 1911& 1913: Pitched and played first base in the World Series
  • 1913: World series; Wiltse, a great fielder who loved to work out at first base, was sent in, and made several sensational plays to save Christy Mathewson's shutout of Philadelphia.
  • 1915: Managed Jersey City of the International League, in June, pitched for Brooklyn in the Federal League.
  • 1916 -1919: Managed at Albany, Reading and Lafayette College.
  • 1919-1924: Managed Buffalo of the International League.
  • 1925: New York Yankees pitching coach
  • 1934 -1944: Deputy Assessor of the City of Syracuse.
  • 1944: President of Syracuse Industrial Baseball League.
  • 1952: Elected to the International League Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Died in 1959
  • 2000: Inducted into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame .
  • 2006: Hamilton, New York dedicated is baseball complex the "Hook Wiltse Field"
  • Wiltse's nickname did not come from his curveball but from the way he would reach out with his long right arm to snare line drives and high bounders coming back through the box .

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