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Chuck Hinton, Eddie Yost and Hawk Taylor, former Angels players, pass away

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  • Chuck Hinton, Eddie Yost and Hawk Taylor, former Angels players, pass away

    Chuck Hinton played 11 years in the big leagues, spending one of those seasons with the California Angels. He backed up and platooned with fellow first baseman Don Mincher in 1968, hitting seven home runs and 10 doubles in only 267 at-bats. He was traded to the Angels from the Indians for Jose Cardenal.

    With great sadness we announce the passing of our founder Chuck Hinton. In 1982, his alumni was born. His legacy will remain, #RIP


    Eddie Yost spent the final two of his 18-year career with the Angels, doing what made him famous--walking, a lot. In just 404 plate appearances, he took first base 80 times (to only 69 strikeouts), which gave him a solid .377 on-base percentage despite a batting average of only .215.

    Eddie Yost, who played in the big leagues for 18 years and then spent another 22 seasons as a third-base coach for the Senators, Mets and Red Sox, passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

    Yost, who made his big league debut as a 17-year-old with the Senators in 1944, earned the nickname "The Walking Man" for his extraordinary ability to draw free passes. Yost hit just .254 in his career but managed a .394 OBP thanks to a career total of 1,614 walks, which ranks 11th all-time. He led the AL in walks six times.
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    We're dipping into the archives a bit here, as Taylor died in June 2012--but his death was never reported in this forum. His time with the Angels was brief, though impressive. In 52 at-bats in 1967, he hit .308 with three doubles and a home run. His OPS+ was 135.

    MURRAY - Taylor, Robert "Hawk," 73, died June 9, 2012. J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

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