Waite Hoyt’s final big league appearance came with the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 15, 1938. Hoyt retired the Ray Mueller of the Boston Braves on a groundout to second.
Two years later Hoyt was hired to be the color commentator for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He worked for two years alongside Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber.
In 1942 the Reds lured Hoyt away as play-by-play man in Cincinnati, a job he held until 1965.
The Veterans Committee elected the hurler to the Hall of Fame in 1969. Because of his standing in the game and willingness to travel, Hoyt was a frequent quest at Old Timers Games and baseball celebrations.
Shown here is Hoyt’s invitation to the 1983 All Star game at Comiskey Park. Signed at the bottom by White Sox owners Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie Einhorn, and Hall of Fame Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, the letter is dated March 7, 1983.
That year marked the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Mid Summer Classic. Many living Hall of Fame player were invited to the festivities that included the “Nite of the Stars” gala party, and the commissioner’s luncheon.
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