Caple: The 100-year legacy of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson

From SABR member Jim Caple at Sports Press Northwest on August 12, 2019, with mention of SABR member David Eskenazi:

In most of the aisle-end seats at T-Mobile Park, there is an image of Fred Hutchinson, showing the Seattle native as he prepares to deliver a pitch. Those images have been there since the park opened 20 years ago. For good reason. Fred Hutchinson means a lot to Seattle. And elsewhere. 

“He was a very inspiring person in many ways that touched a lot of lives,’’ said Seattle sports historian David Eskenazi, who provided the idea for the images. “He had a lasting effect on everybody that he came across. And it carries through today in the legacy of the cancer research center.’’

Born 100 years ago on Aug. 12, 1919, Hutchinson was an excellent baseball player and manager. Seattle’s prominent Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center  was named for him following his death in 1964. Often referred to as Hutch, he was such a significant figure that he was ranked by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as Seattle’s No. 1 athlete of the 20th century in a December 1999 story by Dan Raley.

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Originally published: August 12, 2019. Last Updated: August 12, 2019.