William Clyde Hitchcock
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Billy Hitchcock, who spent fives seasons in the major leagues as a manager and nine seasons as a player, died on April 9, 2006. He was 89.
His career in baseball spanned 40 years as a player, manager, scout, coach and minor league executive. He hit .243 in his major league career with five home runs and 257 RBI in 703 games.
One of his most productive seasons came in 1950 when he played in 115 games for the Athletics. He hit .273 in 399 at-bats with a home run and 54 RBI.
He managed Detroit for a single game in 1960. He was the manager of Baltimore in 1962 and 1963 and served as the manager of the Atlanta Braves in 1966 and 1967. He finished with a 274-261 record in 535 games.
He served in the Army reserves during World War II and earned a Bronze Star for service in the Pacific.
He served as president of the Southern League in the 1970s before retiring in 1980.
He helped to lead Auburn University to its first bowl game and to its first Southeastern Conference baseball title. He scored the Auburn's only touchdown in the Bacardi Bowl in Havana on Jan. 1, 1937. Auburn finished the game in a 7-7 tie with Villanova. He was captain and shortstop for the Auburn team that won the SEC baseball title in 1937.
In 1997, Auburn named Hitchcock Field in honor of Hitchcock and his brother, Jimmy.