Tuesday, May 14, 2013

1950 Bowman #151: Fred Hutchinson, Detroit Tigers, P

Fred Hutchinson was born on 8/12/1919 in Seattle, WA.  He began playing for the Tigers in 1939, and pitched a game in the '40 World Series loss against the Reds. bHe spent all of 1941 in the minors, and then the next four years after that serving in the Navy during WWII.  Hutchinson went back to the Tigers in 1946, after missing the '45 World Series championship victory over the Cubs.  He made the All-Star team for the only the in 1951.  The following year, Hutchinson became a player/manager for two seasons before retiring as a player completely after 1953.  He managed the Tigers for one more season through 1954.  In 1956, Hutchinson became manager of the Cardinals for three years, before going to the Reds in 1959.  He led the Reds to the '61 World Series, but lost out to a Yankees team that had just came off of a Babe Ruth record breaking chase between Maris and Mantle.  Hutchinson continued managing the Reds until shortly before his battle with cancer in 1964.  Fred Hutchinson passed away on 11/12/1964 in Bradenton, FL at the age of 45.

BV: $40 (for semistars)
Cost: $2.25 (paid 5% BV)
Condition: VG 3.0 (worth 30% BV)
Completion: 22 of 252 (8% complete)
Comment:  I chose to list this one as a semistar (subject to change) primarily due to his overall popularity than because of any grand statistic as either a player or manager.  Hutchinson was known for his leadership ability, having earned the rank of LCDR (0-4) by the age of 26 and became a respected player-manager at a very young age.  I don't have a price guide that lists '50 Bowmans individually, so I have to rely on the vague listing criteria in Beckett's monthly magazine.

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