- P, OF
- September 22, 1889
- 5' 10"
- 168 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-28-1912 with DET
Hooks Dauss twirled his trademark curveball in Detroit for 15 seasons, winning at least ten games 14 times, despite pitching for mediocre teams that never won a pennant and finished better than fourth in only five of his years. A heart condition forced him to retire in 1926 with 222 career victories - the most in Tigers' history.
Rookie right-hander Sam Gibson, in the 1926 Detroit rotation.
Dauss deserved better than the 17-14 record he was saddled with. The Tigers struggled to score him runs, as the righty posted a nifty 2.43 ERA and hurled six shutouts. He lost three games when his team failed to score for him, and six more when they tallied two times or fewer.
Hooks Dauss led the American League in hit batsmen three times and ranks among the all-time leaders in that category.
His fastball. Some critics also claimed that Dauss was "too nice," and if he'd toughen up a bit, he might win more games.
After his retirement in 1927 due to an irregular heartbeat, Dauss worked for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency in St. Louis for several years as a detective. Dauss was described by a fellow co-worker as "likable, dependable, and sturdy."
- Hooks Dauss