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Winfield Scott Hastings
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 161 lb.
- Debut May 6, 1871
- Final Game September 1, 1877
- Born August 10, 1847 in Hillsboro, OH USA
- Died August 14, 1907 in Los Angeles, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Researchers have done quite a bit of work on Hastings. It is said he was the first catcher to use signals for pitch-calling. There is speculation he may have been playing amateur ball as early as 1863 (although no details are given). He was listed as a hotel clerk in the 1870 census.
In the winter of 1870-71 he played for a team in New Orleans, and Rockford violated National Association rules when they signed him to a new contract.
In 1887 he was player-manager for a Santa Cruz team in a local league.
The 1900 census says he was working at a powder mill in Santa Cruz, CA.
Main source for the items above: Hastings research
He was a Civil War veteran. He enlisted as a private on April 28, 1864; he enlisted in Company B, 145th Infantry Regiment (Illinois) on June 9 1864 and mustered out on September 23, 1864 at Camp Butler, in Springfield, IL.