Date and Place of Birth: July 31, 1916 Inverness, Alabama
Died: April 9, 2006 Opelika, Alabama
Military Unit: US Army Air Force
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Billy Hitchcock on Baseball-Almanac
C “Billy” Hitchcock was born on July 31, 1916 in
signed by the New York Yankees in 1939 and played 116 games for
played 85 games with the Tigers in 1942 and entered military service
on August 13 of that year. With an ROTC commission in field
later transferred to the Army Air Force and served in
Hitchcock was discharged from service on February 19, 1946, and played the next eight seasons with six different teams. His best year was 1950 with the Athletics when he hit .273 in 115 games. Hitchcock later served as a coach and manager with the Tigers, Orioles and Braves during the 1950s and 1960s. From 1971 to 1980, he was president of the Southern League.
Hitchcock, an inductee of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, passed
away on April 9, 2006 in
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