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 record 92-46
Earned run average 3.75
Strikeouts 314
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.

See also


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

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