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Winfield Scott Hastings

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 161 lb.

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Catcher-outfielder Scott Hastings played for seven teams in seven years in the National Association and a young National League.

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.

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