RHP 1895-99, 1901 Baltimore , Pirates, Indians
Baltimore's Bill Hoffer led the National League with winning percentages of .811
(30-7) in 1895 and .781 (25-7) in 1896. When the American League was recognized as
a major league in 1901, Hoffer became the AL's first pitcher; he issued the first
walk, got the first'O-(((strikeout, and was tagged with the first loss as Cleveland
dropped an 8-2 decision to Chicago on April 24, 1901. He won just three games in
that, his final ML season.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 23, 1901:
At Cleveland's League Park, the Blues score a major-league record nine runs with two outs in the 9th inning to defeat the Washington Nationals 14-13. Cleveland is down to one strike, on Jack McCarthy, but they put the next ten men on base, winning the game on an error. Winning pitcher Bill Hoffer, who had given up the 13 runs, is carried off the field by the delirious crowd. Patton and Lee pitch for Washington. The scoring (as noted by Bill Kirwin) occurs as follows: Hoffer K, Pickering ground out, McCarthy singles, Bradley singles, LaChance with two strikes on him) singles scoring McCarthy, Wood is hit by pitch, Scheibeck doubles (Patton, replaced by Lee), Egan walks, Beck (batting for Hoffer) doubles, Pickering singles Beck home to tie the game, and then moves to 2B on a passed ball. Mc Carthy, who started the whole thing, singles him home for the victory.