Fred Hutchinson

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January 15, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz

Hutchinson

Manager, 1959-1964. Inducted 1965.

Pitched for the Detroit Tigers for parts of 10 seasons but struggled with control.   Hutchinson became a Major League manager for the first time at age 32.  He saw limited success in Detroit and St. Louis and also spent time with AAA Seattle before being hired as the Reds’ manager part way through the 1959 season.  He managed future Reds HOFers including Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, and Jim Maloney, and helped turn a perennial losing team around.  In 1961, his Reds won the National League pennant, and in 1962, they won even more games (98).  Hutchinson was diagnosed with lung cancer before the 1964 season but continued to manage well into the summer.  His team finished the season 1 game out of 1st place, and Hutchinson passed away that offseason at age 45.  Remembered for his competitive spirit, his perseverance, and his leadership skills, Hutchinson’s memory is still recognized in Major League Baseball today with the annual presentation of the Hutch Award.

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