May 8, 1891|
Ossining, New York
|Died: September 17, 1998
Daytona Beach, Florida
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|September 6, 1911 for the New York Highlanders|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1915 for the St. Louis Browns|
|Earned run average||2.49|
Hoff made his major league debut on September 6, 1911. Pitching against the Detroit Tigers, he struck out the first batter he faced, Ty Cobb. In later years, Chet recalled that this was the highlight of his career.
Although he only appeared in 23 games, Hoff is best remembered for being the oldest living ex-major leaguer at the time of his death in Daytona Beach, Florida at age 107. He was the longest-lived former professional athlete ever. This record may have been broken by negro-leaguer Silas Simmons (who is believed to have been 109 or possibly 111 at his death), but Hoff remains the longest-lived person to have played in Major League Baseball. Hoff died of complications resulting from an accidental fall.
At the time of his death, he was the last surviving player to have played during the dead-ball era, the historically low-scoring period of Major League Baseball prior to 1920.
|Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
December 15, 1990 – September 17, 1998
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