George August “Hooks” Dauss pitched in the Major Leagues for the Detroit Tigers for 15 seasons following his stint with the Duluth White Sox. There are numerous images of him on the Internet in a Tigers uniform, but Duluth images are seemingly nonexistent. The baseball card above is a bit of a deception, because the “D” on the cap is for “Detroit.” The card is a “Corona Centennial reprint,” although the word “reprint” implies there was an original card like this 100 years ago, which wouldn’t seem to be the case. Anyway, as shown below, the image on the card is of Dauss as a Tiger.
The nickname “Hooks,” of course, was a tribute to his excellent curveball. According to Wikipedia, Dauss compiled a career record of 223–182 with a 3.30 earned-run average and still holds the Tigers’ franchise record for most wins.
Dauss played in Duluth in 1909 and 1910. He was 19-10 during his first year, and, as the baseball card above indicates, he was 7-7 in his second year.
Zenith City Online has a story about Dauss’ first season with the Sox — Duluth White Sox Win the 1909 Minnesota-Wisconsin League Pennant — and also his second — The 1910 White Sox: Glory Fades Away.
Dauss pitched for the Winona Pirates in the Class C Minnesota-Wisconsin League in 1911, and the St. Paul Saints of the Class AA American Association in 1912.
His career with the Tigers spanned the 1912 to 1926 seasons. During all of those years he had the misfortune of playing with the most hated superstar of all time, Ty Cobb.
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