Hooks Wiltse

  • Card series: Pilgrims
  • City: New York
  • Team: Giants
  • League: National League

George Leroy Wiltse (1879-1959) played for McGraw’s Giants for 11 years (1904-14.) His tandem with Mathewson produced 435 wins, one of the best left/right duos in history. His nickname may not have come from his wicked curve but from his tenacity with the glove. Set a rookie record winning his 1st 12 starts.

  • Wiltse was McGraw’s only lefty until Rube Marquard joined the rotation in 1909
  • To his lasting chagrin, Wiltse was the 1st base coach when Fred Merkle missed 2nd base
  • On May 15, 1906 struck out 7 batters in two innings after Bresnahan dropped strike 3

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T201 Mecca Canvas: Wiltse Hooks