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Fred James Hatfield (March 18, 1925 – May 22, 1998), nicknamed "Scrap Iron",[1] was a Major League Baseball infielder who played nine seasons in the Major Leagues with the Boston Red Sox (1950–52), Detroit Tigers (1952–56), Chicago White Sox (1956–57), Cleveland Indians (1958) and Cincinnati Redlegs (1958).

Fred Hatfield
Fred Hatfield 1953.jpg
Hatfield Circa 1953.
Third baseman
Born: (1925-03-18)March 18, 1925
Lanett, Alabama
Died: May 22, 1998(1998-05-22) (aged 73)
Tallahassee, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 31, 1950, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 13, 1958, for the Cincinnati Redlegs
MLB statistics
Batting average.242
Home runs23
Runs batted in165

Born in Lanett, Alabama, Hatfield attended college and played for Troy State College before Hatfield was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1942. Hatfield played in 722 games and had a career batting average of .242 with an on-base percentage of .332. He had 493 hits, 248 bases on balls, and 165 RBIs.

Hatfield played in the infield, with 408 games at 3rd base, 179 games at 2nd base, and 27 games at shortstop.

Hatfield was among the American League leaders in being hit by pitch in 1952, 1954, 1956, and 1957. He was also among the league leaders in 1955 for sacrifice hits and intentional walks. Hatfield died in 1998 at age 73 in Tallahassee, Florida.


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Preceded by
Joe Schultz
Detroit Tigers third-base coach
Succeeded by
Eddie Brinkman