Bill Hawke

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Bill Hawke
Born: April 28, 1870
Elsmere, Delaware
Died: December 11, 1902(1902-12-11) (aged 32)
Wilmington, Delaware
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 28, 1892 for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1894 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Win/Loss Record 32-31
Strikeouts 193
Earned run average 4.98
Career highlights and awards

William Victor "Bill" Hawke (April 28, 1870 – December 11, 1902) was an American Major League Baseball player who pitched for three seasons, all in the National League, with a career record of 32 wins and 31 losses.[1]


Born in Elsmere, Delaware, he began his major league career with the St. Louis Browns in 1892. He pitched in 14 games that first season, with a 5-5 win/loss record and threw one shutout. Bill split 1893 season between the Browns and the Baltimore Orioles. It was for that latter, that he pitched a no-hitter, 5-0 victory against the Washington Senators on August 16, 1893.[1] It was the first no-hitter at the new distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate. For the 1893 season, the mound was moved from 50 feet to 60 feet 6 inches, the distance that is still used to this day.[2] He finished his career the following season, with a 16-9 record for the National League champion Baltimore Orioles.[3]


On December 11, 1902, he died of carcinoma[4] at the age of 32 in Wilmington, Delaware, and was interred at Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery in Wilmington.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bill Hawke's Stats". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Bill Hawke's profile". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  3. ^ "1894 Baltimore Orioles team page". Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  4. ^ "The Dead Ball Era: Too Young To Die". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 

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Preceded by
Bumpus Jones
No-hitter pitcher
August 16, 1893
Succeeded by
Cy Young