Monday, March 19, 2012

Gordie Hinkle Died 40 years ago today

Gordie Hinkle, catcher

Death date: March 19, 1972

Columbus Red Birds, 1931-32
Indianapolis Indians, 1938
Toledo Mud Hens, 1938

Born April 3, 1905 at Toronto, Ohio (east central Ohio on the Ohio River), Hinkle started his career in professional baseball at the age of 25 with the Greensboro Patriots (C) and Rochester Red Wings (AA). He signed on to play with the Columbus Red Birds in 1931, his first season in the American Association, batting .221 in 100 games. His stint with Columbus continued briefly in 1932. In 1938, he returned to the league with the Toledo Mud Hens after playing with the Indianapolis Indians for six games. Under manager Fred Haney, Hinkle batted .215 in 144 games. Hinkle died at the age of 66, 40 years ago today, in Houston Texas. He is buried at Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston.

You can read more about Hinkle at http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/0fac787a

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