The lefthanded-hitting Hoffman was considered a top A's prospect in 1904 when a pitch
from Boston southpaw Jesse Tannehill hit him in the eye. He never recovered enough
vision to stand in against lefthanded pitching. He was the American League's 1905
stolen-base champ, with 46, and stole 185 bases in his career.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 29, 1906: The New York ban on Sunday baseball is temporarily lifted and the Highlanders and Philadelphia A's play a benefit game for the victims of the San Francisco earthquake, raising $5,600. The two teams also work out a deal: the Highlanders get speedster Danny Hoffman in exchange for the rights to OF Dave Fultz, who did not play last year. The 31-year-old Fultz quit to practice law and will stay quit.