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May 8, 1891|
Ossining, New York,
|Died: September 17, 1998
Daytona Beach, Florida
|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, Hoff recalled this as 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 the age of 107. He was the longest-lived person to have played in Major League Baseball. At the time of his death, he was also the longest-lived person to have played in any professional sport; this record was later surpassed by former Negro Leagues pitcher Silas Simmons, who was at least 108 years old and possibly as old as 111 when he died in 2006. Hoff died of complications resulting from an accidental fall.
At the time of his death, he was the last surviving person to have played in Major League Baseball during the dead-ball era, the historically low-scoring period from 1901 to 1920. (The aforementioned Simmons played in the Negro Leagues during that era.)
|Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
December 15, 1990 – September 17, 1998
- Geoffrey C. Ward, Baseball: An Illustrated History at 110 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1994) (based on a documentary filmscript by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns).
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