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Hoyt Wilhelm

James Hoyt Wilhelm (Old Sarge)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, NC
High School: Cornelius HS (Cornelius, NC)(All Transactions)
Debut: April 18, 1952 (Age 29.267, 8,484th in MLB history)   vs. BRO 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 SO, 2 BB, 0 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1952 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Giants/Orioles/Braves/Angels/... 1952-1972

Last Game: July 10, 1972 (Age 49.350)   vs. PHI 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1985 (331/395 ballots).
   View Hoyt Wilhelm Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, FL
Buried: Palms Memorial Park, Sarasota, FL
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Hoyt Wilhelm: 1 Career Home Run

0 leading off, 0 walk-off, 0 tying, 0 go ahead (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
1 Tm
vs LHP1
Low Lev1
1 Opp
1 Pitcher
Dick Hoover1
1 Park
Polo Grounds1
Where Hit
General field locations
when available.
Game Totals
1·HR gms1
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
0 on1
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1952 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1952-04-23 NYG BSN Dick Hoover ahead 6-3 b 4 1 --- 1 9 1 0.054 91% Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1913 to 2016, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.