Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18

1957 Topps #278 - Fred Hatfield

On this day in 1925, Fred Hatfield was born.

Fred came to the White Sox through a trade with the Detroit Tigers on May 15, 1957. The Sox sent Jim Brideweser, Harry Byrd and Bob Kennedy in exchange for Hatfield and Jim Delsing. Fred played 144 games at third base and three at shortstop for the Pale Hose. He appeared in a total of 175 games for the White Sox, including pinch hitting appearances.

Over the course of nearly two seasons in Chicago, Hatfield managed a .246 average, seven home runs and forty-one RBI. Fred was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Minnie Minoso for Al Smith and Early Wynn, who ended up being key players in the 1959 pennant winning team.

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