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Bill Tuttle

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William Robert Tuttle

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Tuttle was a major league centerfielder for three teams in his career: the Detroit Tigers from 1952 to 1957, the Kansas City Athletics from 1958 to 1961, and the Minnesota Twins from 1961 to 1963.

He batted and threw right-handed, and also played third base for the Twins for a very brief period in 1961. Tuttle was born in Elwood, Illinois in 1929. After attending Bradley University, Tuttle played his first major league game on September 10, 1952. In his 11-year career, he had a .259 batting average, with 67 home runs and 443 RBIs. He had 1,105 career hits, before playing his last game on May 11, 1963.

Tuttle was the first baseball coach at Carl Sandburg College.

Tuttle died in Anoka, MN on July 27, 1998 at the age of 69. In his later years, he endured many disfiguring surgeries owing to oral cancer as a result of his chewing tobacco habit (a chaw was visible in his cheek on many of his baseball cards). He joined Joe Garagiola in his campaign to discourage the use of "spit tobacco."

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1955)

Baseball Players of the 1950s

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