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Hutchinson famously wrestled a bear during spring training in Lakeland, FL. (hard to tell whether it's Hutchinson who is chained, or the bear). / David Eskenazi Collection

Recalled Yankees catcher Yogi Berra: ?I always know how Hutch did when we follow Detroit into a town. If we got stools in the dressing room, I know he won. If we got kindling, he lost.”

Hutchinson had a couple of nicknames. One was ?Iceman,? the other ?The Bear.? The latter stemmed from a spring training incident in Lakeland, FL., and is best recalled by Virgil Trucks, who pitched for Detroit when Hutchinson did.

Hutchinson became the manager of the Detroit Tigers midway through the 1952 season at the age of 33, while he was still an active pitcher. / David Eskenazi Collection

“They had a little sideshow circus at the ballpark, and they had a bear there,” Trucks said.

“This bear was staked out by the trainer, but the bear broke the stake and got loose and was coming toward Fred — and Fred just grabbed him by the throat and the neck, and had an arm around his neck.

“He (the bear) probably didn’t weigh any more than Hutch did, but you know bears, they got claws and everything else they can retaliate with. But that didn’t bother Fred.

“The trainer came over and said, ‘Hey, man, you let go of my bear. You gonna kill him.’ He probably would have, but Fred said, ‘You get him away from me. He might kill me, too.’ But he held on to him. That bear couldn’t do nothin’. Oh, he was really strong.”

But, as Meyers noted, Hutchinson had a soft heart. Jim Brosnan, who pitched for Hutchinson in both St. Louis and Cincinnati when Hutchinson managed those clubs (Cardinals, 1956-58; Reds, 1960-64) wrote this about Hutchinson in 1959: “Most ballplayers respect Hutch. In fact, many of them admire him, which is even better than liking him.

“He seems to have a tremendous inner power that a player can sense. When Hutch gets a grip on things it doesn’t seem probable that he’s going to lose it. He seldom blows his top at a player, seldom panics in a game, usually lets the players work out of their own troubles if possible.”

Hutchinson managed the Tigers from 1952-54 and also managed the St. Louis Cardinals (1956-58) and Cincinnati Reds (1960-64). / David Eskenazi Collection

Thirty-five years after Hutchinson’s death (3:58 a.m. on Nov. 12, 1964, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL.), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named Hutchinson the city’s Athlete of the 20th Century, an amazing pick considering that that he played and managed in Seattle for slightly more than two years.

“No local athlete has been more revered than Hutch,” wrote Dan Raley. “Hutchinson was a leader, and there was never a question.

“He led people to championships. He led us to tears, sharing his own struggle with cancer in a very public and heroic manner.”


3/28/2013 9:46 AM

                                                                         From  The Huffington Post

Paul Bessire is one of the foremost authorities on mathematically modeling and analyzing all sports.

For more than seven years since earning his Master's degree in Quantitative Analysis (with a focus on Finance and Sports), he has turned what was his longtime hobby of predicting and writing about sports outcomes into his full-time profession. is Bessire's latest endeavor, which features the Predictalator – the most in-depth, state-of-the-art sports prediction software ever created.

Previous to starting, Bessire served as the Product Manager of Quantitative Analysis and Content for FoxSports Interactive.

There, Paul was responsible for the math behind the historical simulation sports games at as well as any, or articles that were created from that technology.

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         Older WhatIFSports Thread, See You There, on this symposium.

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Symposium on Statistics and Operations Research in Baseball 

Wednesday July 15, 2009, 10:00am-2:00pm
University of Missouri – St. Louis
College of Business Administration
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121


What would Babe Ruth do if he faced Pedro Martinez?
How would Tony LaRussa have done managing Whitey Herzog’s roster?

Paul Bessire of Fox Sports’ What-if-Sports Unit will demonstrate how he simulates these scenarios.  Paul is among the featured speakers at the Third Symposium on Statistics in Sports. 

The third Symposium on Statistics and Operations Research in Baseball will be another meeting of the baseball, industrial, and academic worlds. The focus is on how Statistics and Operations Research methodology is used within baseball and associated businesses and on how baseball inspires the expansion of the frontiers of Statistics and Operations Research as scientific fields. The theme of this year's Symposium is “Answering Sports Questions with Rigor.” 
The meeting is jointly sponsored by the following organizations:
University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Business Administration
Section on Statistics in Sports of the American Statistical Association 

Information about joining the ASA/SIS 

What is Statistics
Section on Operations Research in Sports of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences 

Information about joining OR in Sports 

What is Operations Research?

Click here for the program for the Symposium.

Click here for the Speaker's Biographical information.



Simulating Sports: The Inputs and the Engines - Paul Bessire
Simulating Sports: The Outputs - Paul Bessire
Performance Curves of Home Run Hitters - Gilbert W. Fellingham, Ph. D. 
Mathematical Modeling for Understanding and Analyzing Baseball - Bruce Bukiet 
Participants Open Forum: St. Louis Debates - Dr. Stephen R. Moehrle

Registration information 
Registration for the program is free.  However, please register by July 8 so that a complimentary parking pass can be mailed to you in time for the program.  Register by emailing Professor Stephen Moehrle ([email protected]).  In your email, please indicate an address where a parking pass can be mailed.  There is guest parking available on campus should you register too late for a parking pass to be mailed to you. 

All sessions and events will be held at the UMSL College of Business Adminstration, which is conveniently located two MetroLink stops from St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport 

For more information, please contact symposium organizer Stephen Moehrle.

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