Don Hoak

Baseball Player and Coach
Born Feb 5, 1928

Donald Albert Hoak was a Major League Baseball player. Nicknamed "Tiger," Hoak was a third baseman who played ten seasons in the Majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1954–55), Chicago Cubs (1956), Cincinnati Reds (1957–58), Pittsburgh Pirates (1959–62) and Philadelphia Phillies (1963–64). He played 1263 games and compiled a .265 batting average with 89 home runs and 498 runs batted in.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on February 5, 1928.


1954 26 Years Old As a youngster Hoak was a professional boxer, but pursued a baseball career after losing seven straight knockouts. He broke into the Major Leagues in 1954 after a stint in the United States Marines, as well as having played one season in Cuba. … Read More
1955 27 Years Old During his two seasons with the Dodgers, Hoak shared third base duties with Jackie Robinson and Billy Cox. In 1955, the Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series to win their only championship in Brooklyn. … Read More
1956 28 Years Old 1 More Event
After the season, Hoak was traded to the Chicago Cubs. In 1956, Hoak batted .215 with 5 home runs and 37 RBIs. … Read More
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In 1957 Hoak improved his batting average to .293, after leading the league well into May at over .400, and set career highs in home runs (19) and RBIs (89), as well as leading the National League in doubles with 39. … Read More


1958 30 Years Old Hoak batted .261 for the Reds during the 1958 season before being traded, along with Harvey Haddix and Smoky Burgess, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for four players (one of whom was Frank Thomas) in January 1959.
1959 31 Years Old It was Hoak's throwing error that cost Haddix his perfect game against the Braves after retiring 36 batters in a row on May 26, 1959. … Read More
In 1960, Hoak batted .282 on a Pirates team that won the World Series; like the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh defeated the Yankees in seven games, and the Pirates won the 1960 Series on Bill Mazeroski's ninth-inning home run in Game Seven. … Read More
1961 33 Years Old Hoak batted a career-high .298 during the 1961 season, but slumped to .241 in 1962. … Read More
1963 35 Years Old He batted .231 during the 1963 season, then was released in May 1964 after making only six plate appearances—all in pinch-hitting roles. … Read More
1965 37 Years Old After retiring from playing, Hoak worked as a Pirates' broadcaster in 1965 and 1966, a coach for the Phillies in 1967, and a manager in the Pirates' farm system from 1968 until 1969.


1968 40 Years Old In 1968, he managed the Salem Redbirds of the Carolina League to an 85-55 record.
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Hoak then moved up to the Pirates' Triple A club, the Columbus Jets of the International League, whom he managed to a 74-66 record in 1969.
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