Willie Hutchinson

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William Hutchinson (Ace)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.

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Willie Hutchinson pitched for over a decade in the Negro Leagues, making one All-Star appearance. He relied heavily on his fastball.

Hutchinson debuted with the 1939 Kansas City Monarchs, going 1-3. He was 1-0 for the Memphis Red Sox in 1940 and remained with the team in 1941 (1-2), 1942 (3-3), 1943 (2-5) and 1944 (6-10). In '44, the 24-year-old was third in the Negro American League in both losses (one shy of the co-leaders) and strikeouts (79, trailing Gentry Jessup and Roosevelt Davis).

Hutchinson was 4-1 for the 1946 Red Sox. He spent 1947 with the Tampico Lightermen and was 6-11 with a 3.88 ERA, walking 108 in 169 1/3 innings. Back with Memphis in 1948, he had a 8-8, 3.81 record for the club in 1949. In the 1949 East-West Game, he relieved Gread McKinnis with two outs in the 8th and a 4-0 deficit, then retired Bill Cash. Jim LaMarque relieved Willie in the 9th. In 1950, Ace had a 1-2, 2.70 record to end his Red Sox career.

Moving to the Manitoba-Dakota League, he had a 5-8 record in 1951 and 3-6 in 1953. He also spent part of '53 with the Danville Dans (4-2, 3.71; he was 12 for 27 at the plate). It was his last season in pro baseball.


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