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Ex-MLB player, manager Hitchcock dies at 89

Updated: April 10, 2006, 10:46 AM ET
Associated Press

OPELIKA, Ala. -- Billy Hitchcock, a major league infielder during the 1940s and '50s who went on to manage three teams, died at 89.

He died Sunday, according to Auburn, where Hitchcock led the university to its first bowl game and its first Southeastern Conference baseball title.

"A true gentleman," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said. "He was a very compassionate and giving person who meant a great deal to this university."

Hitchcock spent more than 40 years in professional ...

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