Scott Hastings (baseball)

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Scott Hastings
Scott Hastings baseball.jpg
Born: (1847-08-10)August 10, 1847
Hillsboro, Ohio
Died: August 14, 1907(1907-08-14) (aged 60)
Sawtelle, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 1871, for the Rockford Forest Citys
Last MLB appearance
September 1, 1877, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .279
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 138
  National Association of Base Ball Players
Rockford Forest Citys (1869–1870)
  League Player
Rockford Forest Citys (1871)
Cleveland Forest Citys (1872)
Baltimore Canaries (1872–73)
Hartford Dark Blues (1874)
Chicago White Stockings (1875)
Louisville Grays (1876)
Cincinnati Reds (1877)
  As Manager
Rockford Forest Citys (1871)
Cleveland Forest Citys (1872)

Winfield Scott Hastings (August 10, 1847 – August 14, 1907) was a major league baseball player and manager in the late 19th century. Primarily a catcher and outfielder, Hastings also appeared as a first baseman, second baseman, and shortstop over the course of his career.

Early career[edit]

Born in Hillsboro, Ohio, Hastings made his major league debut on May 6, 1871 for the Rockford Forest Citys of the National Association as the starting catcher and manager of the team. The team disbanded after the 1871 season and Hastings moved to the Cleveland Forest Citys for the 1871 campaign as a player-manager again. Rotating between catcher, second base and outfield, Hastings was batting .391 when the team folded on August 19.

Hastings then moved to the Baltimore Canaries to finish out the season, primarily catching and hitting a respectable .306. Hastings remained with the Canaries for the 1873 season, batting .281 and rotating with two other players at the catching position as well as filling in as a fourth outfielder. He moved to the Hartford Dark Blues in 1874, once again platooning at catcher and playing in the outfield when not behind the plate. Hastings had a good year, hitting .325 and leading the team in runs scored.

Later career[edit]

Hastings was on the move again for 1875, joining the Chicago White Stockings. Hastings was the regular catcher for Chicago but his average fell to .254. White Stockings owner William Hulbert found Hastings expendable as he signed Deacon White from the Boston Red Stockings to replace him. Hastings caught on with the Louisville Grays for the 1876 season in the new National League. Hastings was the everyday center fielder for the Grays, and although leading the team in runs scored Hastings' average was only .258 and was looking for a new team again after the season.

In 1877, Hastings played for the Cincinnati Reds and was one of six players who caught five games or more. The job was Hastings to lose and he did, batting only .141 for the season, his last in the majors.

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