Hillis Layne

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Hillis Layne
Third baseman
Born: (1918-02-23)February 23, 1918
Whitwell, Tennessee
Died: January 12, 2010(2010-01-12) (aged 91)
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1941,, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1945,, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.264
Runs scored37

Ivoria Hillis Layne (February 23, 1918 – January 12, 2010) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators in parts of three seasons spanning 1941–1945. Listed at 6' 0", 170 lb., he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Born in Whitwell, Tennessee, Layne was one of many major leaguers who saw his baseball career interrupted by a stint in the army during World War II. Signed by the legendary pitcher Joe Engel to play for the Senators organization, Layne played for the Chattanooga Lookouts before being called up to the big team in September 1941. Overall, he spent 37 years in professional baseball, including 17 in the Minor Leagues, while losing 2¾ years to the Military (1942–1944) . After being discharged from military service, he played in parts of the 1944 and 1945 seasons.

In a three-season career, Layne was a .264 hitter (75-for-284) with one home run and 28 RBI in 107 games, including 37 runs, nine doubles, four triples, three stolen bases, and a .321 on-base percentage.

Following his majors career, Layne led the Pacific Coast League hitters in 1947 with a .367 average. Then, from 1955 through 1958 he served as a player/manager for the Lewiston Broncs of the Northwest League, winning the batting title in 1955 (.391) while ending second in both 1956 (.354) and 1957 (.340).

In four NWL seasons, he collected a .362 average with a .468 OBP and led the league's third basemen in fielding percentage during three consecutive seasons (1955–1957).

In 1,796 minor league games, he hit .335 with 83 home runs and 953 RBI. He later scouted for the Texas Rangers. In 1987, he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Layne died January 12, 2010, of a heart attack suffered two days earlier. He is interred at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1]


  1. ^ "Hillis Layne". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2011.

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