Hooks Dauss

Detroit’s six long-term, one-team-only players is the most of any franchise; the first of them was Hooks (or Hookie) Dauss. A stocky righthander with nicknames deriving from his assortment of sharp-breaking curves, Dauss won 221 games in a fifteen-year career, the most for any pitcher while wearing a Tiger uniform. It is a record easily overlooked, for Dauss toiled mostly in the second division. Still, he achieved ten winning seasons and a winning percentage considerably better than his team’s.

He was a friendly, good-natured fellow; some thought that with more aggression he might have won more games. Still, Hookie led the league in hit batsmen three times and is tenth on the lifetime list.