Jay Nelson Hankins (born November 7, 1935, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former professional baseball player who played two seasons for the Kansas City Athletics of Major League Baseball.
Hankins attended the University of Missouri. He was a member of the Tigers team that won the 1954 College World Series. Hankins was signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Athletics in 1957.
After his playing days were over, Hankins worked both as a minor league manager for the Kansas City Royals organization and as the Scouting Director for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1989 to 1992.