Hinkey Haines

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Hinkey Haines
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Date of birth (1898-12-23)December 23, 1898
Place of birth Red Lion, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of death January 9, 1979(1979-01-09) (aged 80)
Place of death Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
Career information
Position(s) Halfback
College Penn State
Lebanon Valley
High school Red Lion High School
Career history
As coach
1926-1931
1931
New York Giants (assistant)
Staten Island Stapletons
As player
1921
1925-1928
1929,1931
Union Quakers of Philadelphia
New York Giants
Staten Island Stapletons
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal U.S. Army
Years of service 1918-1919
Battles/wars World War I
Hinkey Haines
Outfielder
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 1923 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 1923 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting Average .160
Home Runs 0
Runs Batted In 3
Teams

Henry Luther "Hinkey" Haines (December 23, 1898 – January 9, 1979) was a professional athlete who played American football in the National Football League and baseball in the Major League Baseball association. Haines was a star of the New York Giants football team in his time and has the distinction of being the only athlete to have played on national championship teams in both baseball and football. He won the 1923 World Series with the New York Yankees and the 1927 NFL Championship with the New York Giants.

Biography[edit]

Haines was born in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. He batted and threw right-handed, was 5'10" in height and 170 pounds in weight. Haines graduated from Red Lion High School in 1916 and attended Lebanon Valley College, where he played a major role in shaping their football program. Haines left Lebanon Valley in 1918 to serve in World War I.

After serving in WWI, he attended Penn State University in 1919. He earned varsity letters in baseball, football, and basketball, and joined Delta Upsilon fraternity. Haines earned All-American honors in both football and baseball while at Penn State. He is in the Red Lion Area Senior High School's Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

On April 20, 1923, Haines made his Major League debut at the age of 24. He only played one season, and was used many times as a defensive replacement/pinch runner. In his first three appearances, he was used as a pinch runner, coming around to score on all three occasions. In his overall 28 games, he collected nine runs, four hits, two doubles, three RBI, three stolen bases and a .160 batting average. In the field, Haines was flawless. He had a 1.000 fielding percentage with 17 chances.

Haines appeared in two World Series games in 1923, registering one at bat without a hit. As a pinch runner, however, he was able to score one run: the tying run for the Yankees in the final game. Haines stayed in the game defensively, and was playing center field when the Yankees recorded the last out in the 1923 World Series to become world champions. This was Haines' last professional baseball appearance.

In the fall, he played professional football and was a member of the 1927 New York Giants team — a team that, in 1927, won the Giants' first NFL championship. After playing for the Giants from 1925 to 1928, he played for the Staten Island Stapletons in 1929 and 1931, which he also coached.

After his career as halfback for the Giants ended, he became their offensive coach from 1926 through 1931. Haines was an NFL official for a time after he finished coaching.

In later years, Haines settled in the Philadelphia area where he became active in Little Theater as an actor and director.

He died on January 9, 1979 in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. His body was laid to rest in Middletown Cemetery in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

See also[edit]

Hinkey Haines, A Singular Achievement

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