|Born: November 18, 1936|
|September 3, 1957, for the Cincinnati Redlegs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 3, 1964, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||5.23|
James Wesley (Jay) Hook (born November 18, 1936 in Waukegan, Illinois, United States) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1957 through 1964, Hook played for the Cincinnati Reds (1957–61) and New York Mets (1962–64). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
A bonus baby signed by the Cincinnati Reds out of Northwestern University, Hook made his major league debut with Cincinnati in 1957. He joined the Reds regular pitching rotation in 1960 and had an 11–18 mark, including a two-hit shutout against the Milwaukee Braves.
Hook won the first game in Mets franchise history. On April 23, 1962, he pitched a five-hit 9–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, giving his team its first regular-season victory after nine defeats. In that season he compiled an 8–19 mark for the Mets, and led the team in complete games (13) and games started (34).
Those 1962 Mets had a record of 40–120, still the most losses for any Major League team in a single season since the 19th Century.
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- "Sep 20, 1960, Reds at Braves Box Score and Play by Play". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. September 20, 1960. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- Peek, Jeff (April 23, 2002). "First victory propelled Hook into Mets' lore". record-eagle.com. Traverse City, Michigan: Record-Eagle. Retrieved November 16, 2015.