Frederic William Sington
A .271 career hitter for Washington and Brooklyn 1934-39, he was also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was such a good football player that Grantland Rice himself wrote: "Tackles such as Sington rarely come along."
Birth and Death Dates:
b. February 24, 1910 - August 1998
After his college career at Alabama, Sington turned down offers to play professional football and to wrestle professionally. He chose instead to play baseball. Fred broke into the majors in 1934 with the Washington Senators, appearing in 9 games and hitting .286. Originally a pitcher, Sington was converted into an outfielder noted for his tremendous speed and strong arm. Although he never played a full season in the majors, he appeared in 72 games for the Senators in 1937, slugging 15 doubles and 4 triples. When he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938, Fred batted .358 in 17 games. Sington played one more season with the Dodgers, hitting .274 in 1939, before retiring. He then returned to Alabama, becoming known for his civic service and contributions to sports in the state. He was even nicknamed 'Mr. Birmingham' in later years.
Sington played for the Washington Senators, 1934-37, and the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1938-39.
6'2", 215 pounds
Batting Avg.: .271
Slugging Avg.: .401
Home Runs: 7
Home Run %: 1.4
Strike Outs: 66
Stolen Bases: 2
Total Chances per Game: 2.0
Fielding Avg: .961
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