Wednesday, October 16, 2013

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #471 BILLY HOEFT


LOOKS LIKE A GIANTS JERSEY HE'S WEARING.




SOME QUICK MATH REVEALS HE WAS 6-0 OVER THOSE 2 SEASONS.


WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Lefty Billy Hoeft's most noteworthy season happened in 1955 while with the Tigers, leading AL in shutouts with seven but also surrendering #400 Harmon Killebrew's first of 573 career homers. Hoeft was named to his only All-Star team that season, going 16-7 with a 2.99 ERA. He won 20 games for the first and only time in '56.

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • The hair. Definitely the hair.

GROOVY BITS

  • In 15 years, Hoeft pitched for six teams, eight seasons with the Tigers.
  • Re-joined the Tigers, his original team, in '65 but was cut before the season and signed with the Cubs.
  • Born in Oshkosh, Wis., also birthplace of righty Bill Gogolewski, umpire Dutch Rennert and Stevie Rachelle, lead singer for hair metal band Tuff. 

BACK IN '65 ...

  • In August, Bob Dylan releases his sixth studio album, the landmark Highway 61 Revisited with the hit single Like a Rolling Stone. The album earned the No. 4 spot on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time list. Dylan did not sing back-up on any Tuff songs. As far as I could tell.



1 comment:

  1. That's a Polo Grounds shot on Hoeft's card so it's a Giants jersey for sure.

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