Hooks Wiltse Stats

Hooks Wiltse was born on Sunday, September 7, 1879, in Hamilton, New York. Wiltse was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 21, 1904, with the New York Giants. 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 Hooks Wiltse baseball stats page.

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"Some pitchers have a peculiar hook delivery, a species of curve which owes its chief baffling influence to the fact that it comes from an unexpected angle while the eye is deceived by a complicated wind-up motion. Wiltse of the Giants is generally known as Hooks on account of his delivery." - Baseball Magazine (November 1913. F.C. Lane)

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Birth Name:
George Leroy Wiltse
Nickname:
Hooks
Born On:
09-07-1879  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Hamilton, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-21-1959 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Long Beach, New York
Cemetery:
Oakwood-Morningside Cemetery, Syracuse, New York
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-21-1904 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-25-1915
Draft:
Not Applicable

Hooks Wiltse

Hooks Wiltse Pitching Stats

1904 25 Giants 24 16 8 13 3 .813 2.84 14 2 3 164.2 690 150 52 66 8 61 - 105 4 5 0 -
1905 26 Giants 32 19 12 15 6 .714 2.47 18 1 4 197.0 786 158 54 70 5 61 - 120 10 4 0 -
1906 27 Giants 38 26 12 16 11 .593 2.27 21 4 6 249.1 1,001 227 63 92 3 58 - 125 8 3 0 -
1907 28 Giants 33 21 9 13 12 .520 2.18 14 3 2 190.1 762 171 46 63 3 48 - 79 3 5 0 -
1908 29 Giants 44 38 5 23 14 .622 2.24 30 7 2 330.0 1,269 266 82 95 4 73 - 118 4 9 0 -
1909 30 Giants 37 30 6 20 11 .645 2.00 22 4 3 269.1 1,037 228 60 91 9 51 - 119 4 6 0 -
1910 31 Giants 36 30 6 14 12 .538 2.72 18 2 2 235.1 943 232 71 96 4 52 - 88 0 2 0 -
1911 32 Giants 30 24 5 12 9 .571 3.27 11 4 0 187.1 746 177 68 83 7 39 - 92 3 2 0 -
1912 33 Giants 28 17 6 9 6 .600 3.16 5 0 3 134.0 557 140 47 63 7 28 - 58 2 1 0 -
1913 34 Giants 17 2 13 0 0 .000 1.56 0 0 3 57.2 235 53 10 24 1 8 - 25 1 1 0 -
1914 35 Giants 20 0 17 1 1 .500 2.84 0 0 1 38.0 161 41 12 21 2 12 - 19 1 0 0 -
1915 36 Tip-Tops 18 3 9 3 5 .375 2.28 1 0 5 59.1 226 49 15 22 1 7 - 17 1 2 0 -
12 Years 357 226 108 139 90 .607 2.47 154 27 34 2,112.1 8,413 1,892 580 786 54 498 - 965 41 40 0 -

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Hooks Wiltse Hitting Stats

1904 25 Giants 25 67 10 15 2 1 1 0 7 4 - 5 2 - 1 - .224 .278 .328
1905 26 Giants 33 72 13 20 2 0 0 0 12 12 - 6 2 - 1 - .278 .388 .306
1906 27 Giants 44 94 13 18 2 0 0 0 4 7 - 10 4 - 1 - .191 .255 .213
1907 28 Giants 36 67 5 9 2 1 0 0 9 5 - 3 1 - 1 - .134 .205 .194
1908 29 Giants 45 110 9 26 2 0 0 0 14 11 - 9 7 - 2 - .236 .317 .255
1909 30 Giants 37 95 10 19 1 1 1 0 6 3 - 9 2 - 0 - .200 .224 .263
1910 31 Giants 36 74 9 13 4 0 0 0 8 5 - 6 5 - 1 - .176 .238 .230
1911 32 Giants 31 69 5 13 1 0 0 0 14 1 - 12 2 - 0 - .188 .200 .203
1912 33 Giants 28 46 5 15 2 0 0 0 3 2 - 5 1 - 0 - .326 .354 .370
1913 34 Giants 20 24 2 5 1 0 0 0 2 0 - 1 0 - 0 - .208 .208 .250
1914 35 Giants 21 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 - 0 - .667 .667 1.333
1915 36 Tip-Tops 19 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - .045 .045 .045
12 Years 375 743 81 156 19 4 2 0 79 50 - 67 26 - 7 - .210 .266 .254

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Hooks Wiltse Fielding Stats

1904 Giants OF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1904 Giants P 24 16 494 70 2.9 65 11 54 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .929 3.55
1905 Giants OF 1 - - 3 3.0 1 1 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .333 0.00
1905 Giants P 32 19 591 93 2.9 90 19 71 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .968 4.11
1906 Giants OF 2 - - 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1906 Giants P 38 26 748 80 2.1 77 12 65 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.78
1907 Giants OF 1 - - 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1907 Giants P 33 21 571 72 2.2 70 11 59 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .972 3.31
1908 Giants P 44 38 990 116 2.6 114 25 89 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.11
1909 Giants P 37 30 808 73 2.0 71 9 62 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.37
1910 Giants P 36 30 706 69 1.9 60 8 52 9 4 n/a n/a n/a .870 2.29
1911 Giants P 30 24 562 67 2.2 63 19 44 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .940 3.03
1912 Giants P 28 17 402 45 1.6 45 5 40 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.02
1913 Giants 1B 3 - - 26 8.7 25 23 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 0.00
1913 Giants P 17 2 173 19 1.1 18 0 18 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.81
1914 Giants P 20 0 114 13 0.7 12 2 10 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.84
1915 Tip-Tops 1B 1 - - 15 15.0 15 14 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1915 Tip-Tops P 18 3 178 20 1.1 17 2 15 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .850 2.58
P Totals 357 226 6,337 737 2.1 702 123 579 35 19 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.99
OF Totals 5 0 0 4 0.8 2 2 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 0.00
1B Totals 4 0 0 41 10.3 40 37 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 0.00
12 Years 366 226 6,337 782 2.1 744 162 582 38 20 n/a n/a n/a .951 3.17

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Hooks Wiltse Miscellaneous Stats

1904 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 67.0 13.4 9.6 1.72 5.74 3.33
1905 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.0 6.0 1.97 5.48 2.79
1906 Giants 3 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.4 23.5 2.16 4.51 2.09
1907 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 22.3 7.4 1.65 3.74 2.27
1908 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.2 7.9 1.62 3.22 1.99
1909 Giants 2 - - 0 0 n/a 95.0 10.6 15.8 2.33 3.98 1.70
1910 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.3 9.3 1.69 3.37 1.99
1911 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.8 4.9 2.36 4.42 1.87
1912 Giants 1 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.2 15.3 2.07 3.90 1.88
1913 Giants 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 24.0 12.0 3.13 3.90 1.25
1914 Giants 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 1.58 4.50 2.84
1915 Tip-Tops 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.43 2.58 1.06
12 Years 14 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 371.5 11.1 9.4 1.94 4.11 2.12

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Hooks Wiltse Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1904 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1905 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1906 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1907 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1908 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1909 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1910 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1911 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1912 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1913 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1914 New York Giants n/a Undetermined n/a -
1915 Brooklyn Tip-Tops n/a Undetermined n/a -
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Did you know that Hooks Wiltse began his career with an unprecedented - and still unbeaten - string of twelve consecutive games won from the start of a big league career? Hooks holds the Wins Records still to this day and no starting pitcher has ever matched the total; however, relief pitcher Butch Metzger had twelve consecutive games won from the start of his big league matching the mark for most consecutive winning decisions from the start of his career and (if you wish to split them), setting his own Wins Records as he received his decisions pitching in relief.
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Hooks Wiltse | 1992 Conlon Collection (#332) | No Hitter Card

Hooks Wiltse and Christy Mathewson combined for 435 wins (and five pennants) during their time together with the New York Giants making them one of the best lefty-righty duos in history. During that time, Christy had two no-hitters and Hooks had one himself - please enjoy this research of Wiltse's no-no written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Hooks Wiltse', Page 49):

Hook Wiltse No Hitter (July 4, 1908)

Hook Wiltse, who fanned seven batters in a row on May 15, 1906 (see fact below), had broken even in 14 decisions for the New York Giants in 1908 when he faced the fifth-place Philadelphia Phillies in the morning game on Saturday, July 4, before 10,000 fans in the old Polo Grounds. Right hander George McQuillan , who won 20 games this year, pitched for the Phils.

Wiltse, who had one of the game's finest curve balls, set down on batter after another on routine chances with faultless control. He breezed through the batting order twice without a hitch. Eddie Grant led off the seventh with a sharp grounder to Wiltse's left. Hooks knocked the ball down, pounced on it as it rolled toward first and tossed to first baseman Fred Tenney for the out.

After this, the Phils went down meekly until the ninth. Ernie Courtney , a replacement for Mike Doolan , who was ejected in the fourth for disputing a play at second, was an easy out. So was Red Dooin . With the game still scoreless, McQuillan came to bat and Wiltse had only to retire him to achieve the second perfect game in modern baseball.

Wiltse worked carefully. His first pitch was fouled off by McQuillan . The second was a called strike, then came a ball. The next pitch seemed to have caught the corner for the final strike but umpire Cy Rigler call it a ball. Catcher Roger Bresnahan had started away from the plate before the call was made. The Giants wanted to argue the decision but Wiltse waved them back to their positions. He pitched again and the ball struck McQuillan on the arm.

The only base runner for the Phils was stranded when the next batter, Grant , grounded back to the box where Wiltse blocked it and threw to first for the out.

The Giants again failed to score in the ninth and Wiltse came out for the 10th. Otto Knabe led off with a hard grounder to short on which Al Bridwell made a fine stop and throw to get the speed infielder. John Titus and Sherry Magee were easy outs and Wiltse thus became the second pitcher in modern baseball to pitch no-hit ball through the 10th inning.

The Giants had men on base in all but one of the first nine innings. Five times the leadoff batter singled and three times he reached second with only one out, but McQuillan turned back every threat.

In the ninth, Mike Donlin singled with two out, but Cy Seymour was an easy out. Art Devlin opened the last of the 10th with his second (and the Giants' eighth) single. Spike Shannon bunted down the third-base line and went all the way to second when Grant threw wildly. Devlin moved to third on the error.

For some reason, Phils' Manager Bill Murray did not order an intentioal pass for the next batter, Bridwell , and McQuillan pitched to him. He bounced one to short and Courtney , in his anxiety to get Devlin at the plate, kicked the ball out of his own hands and the game was over.

Wiltse finished his best season with a 23-14 record.

Hook Wiltse Strikeout Record
Hooks Wiltse Strikeout Record | The Cincinnati Enquirer | May 16, 1906 (Pg 4)
On May 15, 1906, Hooks Wiltse fanned four batters in the fifth inning (the third known instance of a 4-strikeout inning

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