Wednesday, May 27, 2009

1976 Topps #91 - Tom Hutton

  • Tom Hutton played for the Dodgers' A team (Santa Barbara) in 1965 and split time between AA Albuquerque and AAA Spokane in 1966. He batted .323 for the two teams and came up for three games with the Dodgers. He then went to the minors until 1969. He put up great numbers from 1967-1971 in Spokane, but couldn't stick with the Dodgers. He was named MVP twice in the minors (1966 Texas League and 1971 Pacific Coast League).
  • Tom was traded to the Phillies before the 1972 season for Larry Hisle. He got a chance to play for the wretched Phils and had a pretty decent year (.260 BA, .354 OBP in 381 at bats). He had 38 doubles that year, but only a .354 slugging percentage.
  • Hutton remained with the Phillies as a backup firstbaseman (used mostly as a defensive replacement) through the 1977 season. He only had 81 at bats in 107 games in '77, so he was sold to Toronto after the season.
  • In 1978 Tom played in 64 games for the Blue Jays before he was sold to the Montreal Expos on July 20. Hutton played for the Expos until his release on September 8, 1981.

  • Tom had an uncanny ability to hit Tom Seaver (.320 in 62 at bats).
  • After his playing career, Hutton became a broadcaster. He worked for the Expos (1982-1986), the Yankees (1987-1989), the Blue Jays and ESPN (1990-1996), and the Marlins (1997-present). He also has done broadcasting work for FOX.
  • He married Dick Ruthven's twin sister Debbie.
  • Tom and Debbie once ran in the Boston Marathon.

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