Chief Hogsett

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Chief Hogsett
Pitcher
Born: (1903-11-02)November 2, 1903
Brownell, Kansas
Died: July 17, 2001(2001-07-17) (aged 97)
Hays, Kansas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 18, 1929 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
June 3, 1944 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 63-87
Earned run average 5.02
Strikeouts 441
Teams

Elon Chester "Chief" Hogsett (November 2, 1903 – July 17, 2001) was a sub-marining left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played 11 seasons in the American League with the Detroit Tigers (1929–36; 1944), St. Louis Browns (1936–37), and Washington Senators (1938).

Born on a farm outside Brownell, Kansas, Hogsett was raised in the home of an abusive alcoholic who married his stepmother; he left home when he was 14 years old. He pitched for the high school team in Brownell, where he developed his "submarine" pitching technique. He joined a professional team in Cushing, Oklahoma, and it was there that Hogsett was given the nickname "Chief." Hogsett had this to say about the nickname: "I roomed with a full-blooded Kiowa Indian and the nickname just kind of stuck. Am I really Indian? Well, I'm one-thirty-second Cherokee on my mother's side." (Richard Bak, "Cobb Would Have Caught It" (Wayne State Univ. Press 1991), p. 252.) During his major league career in Detroit, "Chief" Hogsett was greeted with "war whoops" by the fans at Navin Field when he took the mound.

Hogsett pitched primarily in relief, twice leading the league in games finished. He appeared in two World Series with the Tigers, in 1934 and 1935. In 330 career games, Hogsett threw 1,222 innings with 114 games started, 160 games finished, and 33 saves.

Hogsett worked a liquor saleaman after his baseball career ended. He lived in Hays, Kansas.

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