May 3, 1934|
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
|Died: January 27, 2013
|May 14, 1961 for the Washington Senators|
Last MLB appearance
|September 28, 1971 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||443|
Career highlights and awards
Charles Edward (Chuck) Hinton, Jr. (May 3, 1934 – January 27, 2013) was an American professional baseball player. An outfielder, Hinton played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators (1961–64), Cleveland Indians (1965–67, 1969–71) and California Angels (1968). He batted and threw right-handed.
In 1956, Hinton attended a baseball tryout camp, where he signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He won two minor-league batting championships in the Orioles system, playing with the Aberdeen Pheasants of the Class C Northern League in 1959 and the Stockton Ports of the Class C California League in 1960. The Orioles promoted Hinton to the Vancouver Mounties of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League during the 1960 season. Afraid they might lose Hinton in the 1960 Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion draft, the Orioles had Hinton fake a shoulder injury during winter league baseball. Despite this, the Washington Senators selected Hinton in the expansion draft.
The Senators optioned Hinton to the Indianapolis Indians of the Class AAA American Association before the regular season began. They promoted Hinton from the minor leagues on May 14, 1961, and he made his MLB debut the next day. He finished the 1961 season with a .260 batting average. In 1962, he had a .310 batting average, good for fourth in the American League, and finished second in stolen bases to Luis Aparicio. Hit in the head with a pitch on September 5, 1963, Hinton was unconscious when he was carried off the field. He returned to the lineup eight days later, but felt limited by symptoms of the concussion. Hinton was named to represent the American League in the 1964 MLB All-Star Game.
After the 1964 season, the Senators traded Hinton to the Cleveland Indians for Bob Chance and Woodie Held. The Indians traded Hinton to the California Angels for Jose Cardenal after the 1967 season. Hinton batted .195 in the 1968 season with the Angels. Just before the 1969 season, the Angels traded Hinton back to the Indians for Lou Johnson. The Indians released Hinton after the 1969 season. In all, Hinton played six years with the Indians. His tenure in Cleveland is highlighted in the book "Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball During the Rockin' Sixties" by Doug Kurkul.
In 1982, he founded the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), a non-profit organization which promotes the game of baseball, raises money for charities, inspires and educates youth through positive sport images and protects the dignity of the game through former players.
- 1964 American League All-Star
- Two hitting-streaks in 1962 (17 and 15 games)
- Fourth in the 1962 American League batting title (.310), behind Pete Runnels (.326), Mickey Mantle (.321) and Floyd Robinson (.312)
- Three times led the Washington Senators in batting average (1962–64), four times in triples and stolen bases (1961–64), and was the last Senator to hit .300
- His uniform number 32 is honored in the Washington Wall of Stars
- Schudel, Chuck (30 January 2013). "Chuck Hinton, last Washington Senator to hit .300, dies at 78". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Washington Senators Recall Chuck Hinton". The Hartford Courant. May 14, 1961.
- Elliot, Jim (June 30, 1964). "Hinton Birds' All-Star Choice Over Killebrew, Ballots Show". The Sun.
- "SENATORS, INDIANS IN 3-PLAYER TRADE; Hinton Goes to Cleveland -- Phils Sell Vic Power". The New York Times. December 1, 1964.