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Happy B-day, Myril Hoag!

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On this day in 1908, Myril Hoag (d. July 28, 1971) was born in Davis, California.

Hoag came up with the Yankees in 1931 after an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, where he batted .337.  An excellent article in Baseball in Wartime perfectly defines his career with the Yanks:

Hoag failed to live up to the hype his first two years with the Yankees and saw only limited duty as a back-up outfielder. He was back in the minors in 1933 playing a full season with Newark of the International League before returning to New York in 1934.

Hoag remained in a utility role with the Yankees and suffered serious head injuries when a collision in the outfield with Joe DiMaggio resulted in brain surgery. However, he apparently made a full recovery and played 106 games and batted .301 the following year.

Hoag was traded to the Browns in 1939 and enjoyed his best major league season playing a career-high 129 games and batting .295 with 75 RBIs as well as being an American League all-star selection.

Hoag also went 6-for-20 in the 1937 World Series versus the Giants.  In the fifth and final game, he hit a solo homer in the second inning to start the scoring.  That series is notable as the last series in which Lou Gehrig homered (that season was possibly the last that the “Iron Horse” was completely healthy before drifting into illness).

Myril was the last Yankee to get 6 hits in a single game until Johnny Damon matched it versus Kansas City on June 7th of last year.

Hoag is finally notable for having one of the smallest shoes in Major League history, size 4 (R) and 4 1/2 (L).

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Written by Ryan

March 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

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