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Hooks Wiltse

Hooks Wiltse According to biographer Gabriel Schechter, Wiltse was known as "Hooks" because of his ability to field his position. Apparently, "hooking them" was a phrase used to describe a player who could field the ball well. As a 24-year old rookie for the Giants in 1904, Wiltse won his first twelve decisions, not losing a game until late September. For several years in the early 1900s, he was the lone lefthander in John McGraw's famed rotation that also included his roommate Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity, Red Ames, and Dummy Taylor. Longest-Running Five-Man Pitching Staffs in Baseball History 1904-1907 New York Giants (4 years) Christy Mathewson Iron Joe McGinnity Dummy Taylor Red Ames Hooks Wiltse 1979-1982 Oakland A's (4 years) Rick Langford Matt Keough Mike Norris Steve McCatty Brin Kingman 1909-1911 Philadelphia A's (3 years) Jack Coombs Eddie Plank Cy Morgan Chief Bender Harry Krause 1967-1969 Athletics (3 years) Catfish Hunter Chuck Dobson Jim Nash Blue Moon Odom Lew Krausse 1976-1978 Los Angeles Dodgers (3 years) Don Sutton Burt Hooton Doug Rau Tommy John Rick Rhoden 1979-1981 Baltimore Orioles (3 years) Mike Flanagan Scott McGregor Steve Stone Jim Palmer Dennis Martinez