Don Hoak Stats

Don Hoak was born on Sunday, February 5, 1928, in Roulette, Pennsylvania. Hoak was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1954, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Don Hoak baseball stats page.

"To his (Don Hoak) contemporaries, he was a hard-nosed player, a throwback to earlier days, when players like Ty Cobb played the game as if their lives depended on it. Opponents labeled him 'hard-headed' and 'red-nosed.' Latinos had their own title for him: El Divino Loco or the Divine Madman. But it was Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince who coined the nickname for Don Hoak that stuck, 'Tiger,' because of his ferociousness on the field. Tiger often played the game as if he had a chip on his shoulder. One writer went as far to say that he was 'cruel and vulgar and aflame with hate.'" - Baseball Historian Jack Morris (SABR Baseball Biography, Don Hoak , Source )
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Birth Name:
Donald Albert Hoak
Nickname:
Don or El Divino Loco (The Divine MadMan) or Tiger
Born On:
02-05-1928  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Roulette, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-09-1969 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cemetery:
Fishing Creek Cemetery, Roulette, Pennsylvania
High School:
Roulette High School (Roulette, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-18-1954 (Age 26)
Last Game:
05-12-1964
Draft:
Not Applicable
Don Hoak

Don Hoak Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Don Hoak

Don Hoak Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1954 26 Dodgers 88 261 41 64 9 5 7 1 26 25 - 39 4 2 4 7 .245 .318 .398
1955 27 Dodgers 94 279 50 67 13 3 5 0 19 46 0 50 6 0 1 9 .240 .350 .362
1956 28 Cubs 121 424 51 91 18 4 5 0 37 41 0 46 8 4 1 4 .215 .283 .311
1957 29 Redlegs 149 529 78 155 39 2 19 1 89 74 5 54 5 4 4 13 .293 .381 .482
1958 30 Redlegs 114 417 51 109 30 0 6 0 50 43 4 36 3 1 2 11 .261 .333 .376
1959 31 Pirates 155 564 60 166 29 3 8 0 65 71 4 75 6 6 4 18 .294 .374 .399
1960 32 Pirates 155 553 97 156 24 9 16 0 79 74 9 74 4 4 1 17 .282 .366 .445
1961 33 Pirates 145 503 72 150 27 7 12 0 61 73 8 53 3 4 3 14 .298 .388 .451
1962 34 Pirates 121 411 63 99 14 8 5 0 48 49 5 49 1 5 1 18 .241 .320 .350
1963 35 Phillies 115 377 35 87 11 3 6 0 24 27 1 52 3 3 1 11 .231 .282 .324
1964 36 Phillies 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
11 Years 1,263 4,322 598 1,144 214 44 89 2 498 523 36 530 45 33 22 122 .265 .345 .396
Don Hoak

Don Hoak Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1954 Dodgers 3B 75 62 1,842 221 2.9 210 71 139 11 12 n/a n/a n/a .950 3.08
1955 Dodgers 3B 78 71 1,938 276 3.5 265 82 183 11 15 n/a n/a n/a .960 3.69
1956 Cubs 3B 110 108 2,865 295 2.7 280 122 158 15 16 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.64
1957 Redlegs 2B 1 0 0 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1957 Redlegs 3B 149 148 4,263 476 3.2 462 193 269 14 29 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.93
1958 Redlegs 3B 112 109 2,955 390 3.5 376 132 244 14 29 n/a n/a n/a .964 3.44
1958 Redlegs SS 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1959 Pirates 3B 155 155 456 511 3.3 491 169 322 20 31 n/a n/a n/a .961 29.07
1960 Pirates 3B 155 152 24,402 481 3.1 456 132 324 25 34 n/a n/a n/a .948 0.50
1961 Pirates 3B 143 143 3,696 424 3.0 404 137 267 20 29 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.95
1962 Pirates 3B 116 116 3,012 323 2.8 313 93 220 10 19 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.81
1963 Phillies 3B 106 101 2,556 306 2.9 293 88 205 13 13 n/a n/a n/a .958 3.10
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
3B Totals 1,199 1,165 47,985 3,703 3.1 3,550 1,219 2,331 153 227 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.00
SS Totals 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
2B Totals 1 0 0 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
10 Years 1,201 1,165 47,988 3,706 3.1 3,553 1,221 2,332 153 227 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.00
Don Hoak

Don Hoak Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1954 Dodgers 8 3 .727 12 4 n/a 37.3 6.7 10.0 - - -
1955 Dodgers 9 5 .643 6 10 n/a 55.8 5.6 14.7 - - -
1956 Cubs 8 3 .727 7 5 n/a 84.8 9.2 11.5 - - -
1957 Redlegs 8 15 .348 0 0 n/a 27.8 9.8 5.9 - - -
1958 Redlegs 6 8 .429 2 0 n/a 69.5 11.6 8.3 - - -
1959 Pirates 9 2 .818 0 0 n/a 70.5 7.5 8.7 - - -
1960 Pirates 3 2 .600 0 1 n/a 34.6 7.5 7.0 - - -
1961 Pirates 4 2 .667 2 0 n/a 41.9 9.5 8.2 - - -
1962 Pirates 4 2 .667 4 1 n/a 82.2 8.4 8.6 - - -
1963 Phillies 5 5 .500 10 1 n/a 62.8 7.3 15.7 - - -
1964 Phillies 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
11 Years 64 47 .577 49 22 n/a 48.6 8.2 8.7 - - -
Don Hoak

Don Hoak Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1954 Brooklyn Dodgers 43 Undetermined - -
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 43 Undetermined - Stats
1956 Chicago Cubs 7 Undetermined - -
1957 Cincinnati Redlegs 12 Undetermined Stats -
1958 Cincinnati Redlegs 12 Undetermined - -
1959 Pittsburgh Pirates 12 $20,000.00 - -
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates 12 $27,500.00 - Stats
1961 Pittsburgh Pirates 12 Undetermined - -
1962 Pittsburgh Pirates 12 Undetermined - -
1963 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -
1964 Philadelphia Phillies 12 Undetermined - -


Don Hoak led all National League hitters in doubles ( Top 25 ) in 1957 . Amongst third basemen, he was tops in fielding average, defensive games played, putouts, and double plays turned!
Don Hoak Baseball Card
Don Hoak | 1958 Kahn's Wieners ( Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

"I've had many thrills in baseball. In fact, just going onto the field for a regulation season game is exciting to me. Coming up to the majors and playing in the 1955 World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers were big moments for me, too.

But my really big day in baseball came in the 1957 season. When the votes were all in an counted, I found I had been chosen by the fans as the third baseman for the National League All-Stars . Knowing how the fans felt about me and going out on the field that day in St. Louis to start baseball's dream game combined to give me by biggest thrill."

Source: Don Hoak. My Greatest Thrill in Baseball . 1958 Kahn's Weiners Baseball Card (Pictured Above).

Did you know that Don Hoak was the first National League hitter to strike out a six times in a game? The record for most strikeouts in an extra inning National League game took place on May 2, 1956 , a 17-inning marathon played in Wrigley Field. Only one major league player, before Hoak, had ever had six strikouts in a game - do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

Baseball historian Bill James ( The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract , Free Press Publishers, 06/05/2003, Page 578) ranked Don Hoak as the seventy-third best third baseman to ever play Major League Baseball. He included this quote by writer Ed Richter, "If sheer will were the only criterion. Don Hoak would have hit 1.000 every year. There weren't many men around who fought the world as hard as Hoak did ... and when he swung you knew a bat had moved. There was nothing half-hearted about the way Don Hoak swung a bat - or did anything else on a ballfield." Sadly, the same can be said about his death:
Don Hoak Obituary
Don Hoak Obituary | The St. Louis Post-Dispatch | October 10, 1969 | Page 19

Last-Modified: March 15, 2018 11:23 AM EST

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