Chicken Hawks

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Chicken Hawks
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First baseman
Born: (1896-02-03)February 3, 1896
San Francisco, California
Died: May 26, 1973(1973-05-26) (aged 77)
San Rafael, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 14, 1921, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1925, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average .316
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 60

Nelson Louis "Chicken" Hawks (February 3, 1896 – May 26, 1973) was a professional baseball player whose career spanned 14 seasons, two of which were spent with the Major League Baseball (MLB) New York Yankees (1921) and Philadelphia Phillies (1925). Hawks played as an outfielder for the Phillies and a first baseman for the Yankees. Over his career, Hawks compiled a career batting average of .316 with 68 runs scored, 124 hits, 17 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, and 60 runs batted in over 146 games played. He played the majority of his career (12 seasons) in minor league baseball. He made his major-league debut at the age of 25 and was officially listed as standing 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighing 167 pounds (76 kg).[1]

Early life[edit]

Hawks was born on February 3, 1896, in San Francisco, California.[1] He attended Santa Clara University from 1915-1920. [2]

Professional career[edit]

Hawks began his professional baseball career in 1918, when he played for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. He hit .248 over the season, with a home run and two triples.[3] The following year, under manager Del Howard, Hawks recorded a perfect 1.000 batting average, with two hits in two at-bats over a game played.[4] Next season he moved to the Calgary Bronchos, where he hit a Western Canada League-leading .359 off of a league-leading 161 hits.[5] In 1921, Hawks made his MLB debut for the New York Yankees; for the Yankees, Hawks hit .288 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. After one-year stints with the Vernon Tigers, the Nashville Volunteers, and the St. Paul Saints, Hawks returned to the Volunteers for the 1924 season, where he hit a team-best .336 batting average, along with a .494 slugging percentage, second best on the Volunteers to Bevo LeBourveau's .536.[6]

In his second MLB season, Hawks played for the Philadelphia Philles. Over the course of the year, Hawks hit .322, good for fifth best on the team. On September 8 of that season, he broke up a no-hitter by Dazzy Vance with a hit in the bottom of the second inning in an otherwise hit-less game for the Phillies.[7] In Vance's next start against the Phillies, Hawks broke up a shutout when he scored on a sacrifice fly ball after moving to third base on an error by Jimmy Johnston.[8]

After his season with the Phillies, Hawks played for the Newark Bears, Reading Keystones, Buffalo Bisons, San Francisco Seals, and Mission Reds until his retirement in 1931.[9]

After baseball[edit]

After retiring from baseball, Hawks died from a heart attack on May 26, 1973, in San Rafael, California. He is interred at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Chicken Hawks". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved April 5, 2017
  3. ^ "1918 Oakland Oaks". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1919 Oakland Oaks". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "1920 Western Canada League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "1924 Nashville Volunteers". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brooklyn Robins 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (1)". Retrosheet. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Stout, Glen; Johnson, Richard A. (2004). The Dodgers: 120 years of Dodgers baseball. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-618-21355-9. 
  9. ^ "Chicken Hawks Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Chicken Hawks". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 

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