For ardent fans of the national pastime, it may be a symbol of how quickly time passes that more people may associate the name "Hutchinson" with cancer research than with baseball.
There was a time, however, when the mention of "Hutch," as Fred Hutchinson was known, conjured instant images of winning baseball. He ranks as arguably the biggest Seattle sports hero of them all — a top-flight major-league pitcher and manager whose career was cut short by cancer.
In the golden era of Pacific Coast League baseball, Fred's performance for the Seattle Rainiers in 1938 reached a stature that will likely have no equal. He amassed a sterling 25-7 record, winning his 19th game on his 19th birthday in front of a record crowd of 16,354 that lined the outfield fences three rows deep at Seattle's historic Sick Stadium.