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Full Name: James Hoyt Wilhelm Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/190 First Game: April 18, 1952
Birthdate: July 26, 1922 Final Game: July 10, 1972
Birthplace: Huntersville, North Carolina MLB Experience: 21 years
Died: August 23, 2002
Deathplace: Sarasota, Florida
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985


Biography

Born on July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina, Hoyt Wilhelm (James Hoyt Wilhelm) played for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of his 21 year career. Wilhelm broke into the bigs on April 18, 1952 with the New York Giants, and put up a 2.43 ERA in 159.1 innings pitched in 1952, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Hoyt Wilhelm's best season was 1964, when he posted a 1.99 ERA, won 12 games, notched 27 saves and struck out 95 batters.

Career Highlights

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1952 NY N 71 0 15 3 2.43 108 60 43 0 0 11 159.1 127 12 57 0 3 5
1953 NY N 68 0 7 8 3.04 71 61 49 0 0 15 145 127 13 77 0 9 4
1954 NY N 57 0 12 4 2.10 64 32 26 0 0 7 111.1 77 5 52 5 2 5
1955 NY N 59 0 4 1 3.93 71 53 45 0 0 0 103 104 10 40 5 6 2
1956 NY N 64 0 4 9 3.83 71 45 38 0 0 8 89.1 97 7 43 10 6 2
1957 STL N 40 0 1 4 4.25 29 28 26 0 0 11 55 52 7 21 1 0 3
1957 CLE A 2 0 1 0 2.45 0 1 1 0 0 1 3.2 2 1 1 0 0 1
1957 Total 42 0 2 4 4.14 29 29 27 0 0 12 58.2 54 8 22 1 0 4
1958 CLE A 30 6 2 7 2.49 57 32 25 1 0 5 90.1 70 4 35 2 2 1
1958 BAL A 9 4 1 3 1.99 35 9 9 3 1 0 40.2 25 2 10 2 0 1
1958 TOT A 39 10 3 10 2.34 92 41 34 4 1 5 131 95 6 45 4 2 2
1959 BAL A 32 27 15 11 2.19 139 64 55 13 3 0 226 178 13 77 3 5 10
1960 BAL A 41 11 11 8 3.31 107 69 54 3 1 7 147 125 13 39 0 6 1
1961 BAL A 51 1 9 7 2.30 87 35 28 0 0 18 109.2 89 5 41 5 3 4
1962 BAL A 52 0 7 10 1.94 90 28 20 0 0 15 93 64 5 34 2 11 3
1963 CHI A 55 3 5 8 2.64 111 47 40 0 0 21 136.1 106 8 30 1 4 4
1964 CHI A 73 0 12 9 1.99 95 35 29 0 0 27 131.1 94 7 30 1 3 2
1965 CHI A 66 0 7 7 1.81 106 34 29 0 0 20 144 88 11 32 7 10 2
1966 CHI A 46 0 5 2 1.66 61 21 15 0 0 6 81.1 50 6 17 2 3 1
1967 CHI A 49 0 8 3 1.31 76 21 13 0 0 12 89 58 2 34 4 2 4
1968 CHI A 72 0 4 4 1.73 72 20 18 0 0 12 93.2 69 4 24 5 1 2
1969 CAL A 44 0 5 7 2.47 53 21 18 0 0 10 65.2 45 4 18 4 5 3
1969 ATL N 8 0 2 0 .73 14 1 1 0 0 4 12.1 5 0 4 0 1 1
1969 Total 52 0 7 7 2.19 67 22 19 0 0 14 78 50 4 22 4 6 4
1970 CHI N 3 0 0 1 9.82 1 4 4 0 0 0 3.2 4 1 3 0 0 0
1970 ATL N 50 0 6 4 3.10 67 29 27 0 0 13 78.1 69 7 39 7 4 1
1970 TOT N 53 0 6 5 3.40 68 33 31 0 0 13 82 73 8 42 7 4 1
1971 LA N 9 0 0 1 1.02 15 2 2 0 0 3 17.2 6 1 4 0 0 0
1971 ATL N 3 0 0 0 15.43 1 5 4 0 0 0 2.1 6 2 1 0 0 0
1971 TOT N 12 0 0 1 2.70 16 7 6 0 0 3 20 12 3 5 0 0 0
1972 LA N 16 0 0 1 4.62 9 16 13 0 0 1 25.1 20 0 15 0 4 0
Total NL 448 0 51 36 3.12 521 336 278 0 0 73 802.2 694 65 356 28 35 23
Total AL 622 52 92 86 2.19 1089 437 354 20 5 154 1451.2 1063 85 422 38 55 39
Total 1070 52 143 122 2.52 1610 773 632 20 5 227 2254.1 1757 150 778 66 90 62

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1952 NY N P 71 0 0 9 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .953
1953 NY N P 68 0 0 11 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1954 NY N P 57 0 111.1 5 25 0 0 0 8 1 0 1 1.000
1955 NY N P 59 0 0 6 28 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1956 NY N P 64 0 0 4 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 STL N P 40 0 55 3 8 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 1.000
1957 CLE A P 2 0 3.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1957 Total P 42 0 58.2 3 8 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 1.000
1958 CLE A P 30 6 90.1 8 16 0 0 0 21 7 3 2 1.000
1958 BAL A P 9 4 40.2 1 6 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 1.000
1958 TOT A P 39 10 131 9 22 0 0 0 23 9 4 3 1.000
1959 BAL A P 32 27 226 13 32 0 1 0 36 12 12 1 1.000
1960 BAL A P 41 11 147 4 28 1 2 0 14 19 3 1 .970
1961 BAL A P 51 1 109.2 6 22 2 1 0 13 9 3 0 .933
1962 BAL A P 52 0 93 10 12 0 0 0 22 11 7 0 1.000
1963 CHI A P 55 3 136.1 4 24 1 1 0 12 9 5 0 .966
1964 CHI A P 73 0 131.1 5 16 0 2 0 17 8 1 1 1.000
1965 CHI A P 66 0 145 7 20 0 2 0 21 9 1 2 1.000
1966 CHI A P 46 0 81.1 2 10 0 1 0 11 9 1 0 1.000
1967 CHI A P 49 0 89 2 11 1 1 0 10 8 6 0 .929
1968 CHI A P 72 0 93.2 3 10 0 1 0 3 12 5 1 1.000
1969 CAL A P 44 0 65.2 3 8 1 0 0 9 9 4 0 .917
1969 ATL N P 8 0 12.1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1.000
1969 Total P 52 0 78 3 10 1 0 0 10 10 4 1 .929
1970 CHI N P 3 0 3.2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000
1970 ATL N P 50 0 78.1 4 13 1 0 0 8 12 1 0 .944
1970 TOT N P 53 0 82 4 16 1 0 0 9 12 1 0 .952
1971 LA N P 9 0 17.2 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 3 0 1.000
1971 ATL N P 3 0 2.1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.000
1971 TOT N P 12 0 20 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 1.000
1972 LA N P 16 0 25.1 3 5 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 1.000
Total P 1070 52 1758.2 114 373 11 17 0 222 144 56 12 .978

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1952 NY N 71 38 4 6 1 2 .158 .179 .237 0 0 1 11 0 3 0 0 0
1953 NY N 68 33 5 5 0 1 .152 .243 .273 2 1 4 8 0 5 0 0 2
1954 NY N 57 21 0 1 0 1 .048 .048 .048 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 0 0
1955 NY N 59 19 2 3 0 0 .158 .200 .158 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0
1956 NY N 64 9 0 2 0 0 .222 .222 .222 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1957 STL N 40 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
1957 CLE A 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 Total 42 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
1958 CLE A 30 21 1 2 0 2 .095 .136 .095 0 0 1 6 0 3 0 0 2
1958 BAL A 9 11 1 1 0 0 .091 .091 .091 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
1958 TOT A 39 32 2 3 0 2 .094 .121 .094 0 0 1 10 0 4 0 0 2
1959 BAL A 32 76 2 4 0 2 .053 .111 .053 0 0 5 23 0 4 0 0 1
1960 BAL A 41 42 1 3 0 4 .071 .111 .071 0 0 2 14 0 3 0 0 1
1961 BAL A 51 20 1 1 0 2 .050 .136 .050 0 0 2 10 0 2 0 0 1
1962 BAL A 52 16 1 2 0 0 .125 .176 .125 0 0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0
1963 CHI A 55 29 3 2 0 2 .069 .182 .069 0 0 4 11 0 3 0 0 1
1964 CHI A 73 21 2 3 0 3 .143 .182 .143 0 0 1 7 0 2 0 0 0
1965 CHI A 66 22 1 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000 0 0 2 12 0 4 0 0 0
1966 CHI A 46 8 0 1 0 0 .125 .125 .250 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
1967 CHI A 49 13 0 1 0 1 .077 .077 .077 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
1968 CHI A 72 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
1969 CAL A 44 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
1969 ATL N 8 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 Total 52 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
1970 CHI N 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 ATL N 50 11 0 1 0 1 .091 .231 .091 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
1970 TOT N 53 11 0 1 0 1 .091 .231 .091 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
1971 LA N 9 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1971 ATL N 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 TOT N 12 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1972 LA N 16 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Total NL 448 142 11 18 1 5 .127 .173 .176 2 1 8 45 0 11 0 0 2
Total AL 622 290 13 20 0 16 .069 .123 .072 1 0 18 121 0 23 0 0 6
Total 1070 432 24 38 1 21 .088 .139 .106 3 1 26 166 0 34 0 0 8

Transactions

  • Sold by Mooresville (North Carolina State) to Boston Braves (@October 28, 1947).
  • Selected by New York Giants from Boston Braves in the minor league draft (November 20, 1947).
  • Traded by New York Giants to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Whitey Lockman (February 26, 1957).
  • Claimed on waivers by Cleveland Indians from St. Louis Cardinals (September 21, 1957).
  • Claimed on waivers by Baltimore Orioles from Cleveland Indians (August 23, 1958).
  • Traded by Baltimore Orioles with Dave Nicholson, Pete Ward and Ron Hansen to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Luis Aparicio and Al Smith (January 14, 1963).
  • Selected by Kansas City Royals from Chicago White Sox (49th pick overall) in the expansion draft (October 15, 1968).
  • Traded by Kansas City Royals to California Angels in exchange for Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke (December 12, 1968).
  • Traded by California Angels with Bob Priddy to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Mickey Rivers and Clint Compton (September 8, 1969).
  • Claimed on waivers by Chicago Cubs from Atlanta Braves (September 21, 1970).
  • Traded by Chicago Cubs to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Hal Breeden (November 30, 1970).
  • Released by Atlanta Braves (June 29, 1971).
  • Signed by Los Angeles Dodgers (July 10, 1971).
  • Released by Los Angeles Dodgers (July 21, 1972).

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