Fred Hutchinson was "really happy inside, only his face didn't know it" - Joe Garagiola
Fred returned to the game at age 27 with renewed vigor, and went on to enjoy some successful years. He won at least 10 games for 6 years straight between 1946 and 1951, and only once in that stretch did his ERA creep above 4.00. Hutchinson even garnered some MVP votes in 1947, and was named an All-Star in 1951.
Hutch, as he was affectionately called, would go on to manage a few years with Detroit, and also spend some time behind the bench at St. Louis. He really found his managerial success though when he landed with the lowly Cincinnati Reds in 1959. By '61 he had won the NL pennant and turned them into World Series contenders, but unfortunately they ran into the buzz saw that was the '61 Yankees in the Fall Classic that year. Fred was in as manager of the Reds after that season though and would stay with the team for a couple more years.
There is some silver lining to Hutchinson's story though, as his brother founded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle the year after his death. They're generally regarded as one of the top cancer research facilities in the world, and have helped an untold number of people deal with this terrible illness in the decades since Fred's death. In addition, MLB presents the Hutch Award anually in Fred's name.
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