Saturday, July 27, 2013

Senators Saturday - Chuck Hinton, 1964.

After heavy usage the previous two seasons, Chuck Hinton saw his games appeared in drop to 138 in 1964. That was the fewest of the three regular outfielders. Hinton appears a bit uncertain about this development on card 52 of the 1964 Topps set.

In 575 plate appearances Hinton put together a .274 batting average and a .346 on-base percentage. Neither were stand out numbers but both were small improvements over 1963. Chuck also experienced a small drop in his power with fewer home runs and triples but more doubles. He continued to steal bases with 17 successes (a team best for the season) and only six failures.

In the field Hinton spent most of his time in left field, he put in 1134.1 innings there. In 268 chances he committed four errors for a total fielding percentage of .985, ten points higher than the league average.

Ironically, while 1962 and 1963 were better seasons for Hinton, 1964 was the year he would go to the All-Star game.

Unfortunately for Chuck, the impending trade of Claude Osteen was bringing a new outfielder to town. The new arrival would make one of the regular out fielders expendable. That proved to be Hinton. On December 1, 1964 Washington sent him to Cleveland in exchange for Bob Chance and Woodie Held.

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