Hooks Wiltse

Hooks WiltseAccording 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

1904-1907New York Giants (4 years)
Christy Mathewson
Iron Joe McGinnity
Dummy Taylor
Red Ames
Hooks Wiltse

1979-1982Oakland A’s (4 years)
Rick Langford
Matt Keough
Mike Norris
Steve McCatty
Brin Kingman

1909-1911Philadelphia A’s (3 years)
Jack Coombs
Eddie Plank
Cy Morgan
Chief Bender
Harry Krause

1967-1969Athletics (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