Daniel John Hoffman
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 20, 1903
- Final Game May 25, 1911
- Born March 2, 1880 in Canton, CT USA
- Died March 14, 1922 in Manchester, CT USA
"Danny Hoffman, the center fielder of the St. Louis Browns, is one of the speediest outfielders in the business. He is a fine heady batsman. Besides being a fine fielder, Hoffman is a base runner of first flight." - from The National Game
Danny Hoffman played nine seasons in the American League, sometimes hitting quite well.
He came up originally with the Philadelphia Athletics from 1903 to 1905 and part of 1906. In 1904 he hit .299 with a .426 SLG (the team averages were .249 and .336). He appeared briefly in the 1905 World Series.
In 1904 he was knocked unconscious by a fastball to the temple. The pitch by Jesse Tannehill nearly killed him and damaged his eyesight, but he returned to play seven more seasons, although his hitting was affected.
He was traded in early 1906 for Dave Fultz, and spent the rest of that season and all of 1907 with the New York Highlanders. After the 1907 season he was traded to the St. Louis Browns, with whom he spent the rest of his major league career (1908-1911). In 1909 he had a .349 OBP, highest among the regulars on the Browns, a team whose overall OBP was .287.
Danny was primarily a centerfielder and he had speed. He led the 1905 American League in stolen bases. He also was close to the league lead in two categories in 1907: he was second in homers and third in hit-by-pitch.
After his time in the majors he played in the minors through 1915. From 1913-1915 he was with Wilkes-Barre.
He was part of a team of all-stars who went to Cuba in 1909 to play against Cuban teams.
- AL Stolen Bases Leader (1905)