Hooks Dauss

Hooks Dauss

Baseball Birthdays

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.

Replaced By

Rookie right-hander Sam Gibson, in the 1926 Detroit rotation.

Best Season

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.

Factoid 1

Hooks Dauss led the American League in hit batsmen three times and ranks among the all-time leaders in that category.


His curveball.


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."

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