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William Leopold Hoffer
(Chick or Wizard)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 155 lb.

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"I couldn't pitch my best when I wasn't mad. McGraw would yell at me 'You fat-headed Dutchman' and maybe some other insults. Then I'd get mad and throw that ball so damned hard." - Bill Hoffer

Bill Hoffer is a member of the Des Moines Register Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.

Hoffer was with Nashville in 1893 in the Southern League, and then came to Buffalo in 1894. In 1895, he came to the majors with the 1895 Baltimore Orioles, a famous team featuring John McGraw, Hughie Jennings, and Wilbert Robinson. Hoffer didn't disapppoint, going 31-6 in his first major league season and leading the league in winning percentage. The Orioles won the pennant.

"Gol, what a team that was!" - Bill Hoffer, about the Baltimore Orioles

Hoffer followed up with two more good seasons, going 25-7 and 22-11, as Baltimore won the pennant again in 1896 and finished a close second in 1897.

His minor league career also included pitching in the Nebraska League, the Illinois League, and the Western League. In all, he played baseball for 20 years, and then was an engineer and conductor for an Iowa railway. He managed the 1904 Des Moines Prohibitionists.

Born in Cedar Rapids, IA, after his baseball days he lived in Cedar Rapids for many years before he died there.

Main source: desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19530329/SPORTS11/50627021

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL Winning percentage Leader (1895 & 1896)
  • AL Saves Leader (1901)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1895)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 3 (1895-1897)
  • 30 Wins Seasons: 1 (1895)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1895-1897)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1895-1897)

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