Bill Hoffer

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Bill Hoffer
Bill Hoffer 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries.jpg
Born: (1870-11-08)November 8, 1870
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Died: July 21, 1959(1959-07-21) (aged 88)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1895, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
July 4, 1901, for the Cleveland Blues
MLB statistics
Pitching record92-46
Earned run average3.75
Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant: 1895, 1896
  • 16th highest winning percentage in Major League history (.667)
  • 3 20-win seasons

William Leopold "Bill" Hoffer (November 8, 1870 – July 21, 1959) was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of six seasons (1895–1899, 1901) with the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Blues. For his career, he compiled a 92–46 record in 161 appearances, with a 3.75 earned run average and 314 strikeouts. In 1901 he archived the dubious honor of being the losing pitcher in the American League's first game.[1]

In his rookie year, 1895, he compiled 31 wins (including a league-leading four shutouts), a major league record for most wins as a rookie. He led the National League in Winning Percentage in 1895 and 1896.

He was born and later died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 88.

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  1. ^ Glory Fades Away, by Jerry Lansche, 1991, Taylor Publishing, ISBN 0-87833-726-1

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