Date and Place of Birth: May 27, 1909 Red Oak, Texas
Died: March 21, 1969 Dallas, Texas
Position: Third Base
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Major League Stats: Pinky Higgins on Baseball-Almanac
F “Pinky” Higgins was born on May 27, 1909 in Red Oak,
He was with
The 35-year-old entered military service with the Navy on March 24, 1945. He had been accepted for military service in the spring of 1944 but played the full season while Army induction centers were concentrating upon regulations temporarily placing the soldiers’ age limit at 27.
Higgins served at Great
Lakes Naval Training Station and played baseball for Bob Feller
during the summer of 1945. He was discharged on February 15, 1946
and returned to the Tigers, appearing in 18 games before being sold
back to the Red Sox on May 19. Higgins played 64 games at
|Pinky Higgins (far right) at Great Lakes with Ken Keltner, Bob Feller and Johnny Gorsica|
In 14 seasons Higgins played over 1800 games and batted .292. He managed the Red Sox from 1955 to 1962, and later served as their executive vice-president and general manager. He left the Red Sox in 1965 and became a scout for the Houston Astros.
In February 1968, Higgins’s
car struck and killed a
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