hinton_finalCharlie Edward “Chuck” Hinton

Charlie Edward “Chuck” Hinton attended Rocky Mount’s Booker T. Washington High School where he played in the band and played basketball and football one year each. He played football for the semi-pro Maryland Wildcats before accepting an athletic scholarship to play baseball, football, and basketball at Shaw University. Following a dream, he hitchhiked to a major league tryout. The Baltimore Orioles signed him and sent him to the minors. Chuck returned to North Carolina in 1956 to marry his sweetheart, Irma Macklin, who he affectionately called Bunny. That year he was drafted by the US Army. After his Army service, Chuck returned to the Orioles and in 1959 was Rookie of the Year in the minor league farm team. Hinton was the first African American player to make the State Department’s Goodwill Tour to Spain, Germany, Italy and France. He played in the 1964 All Star game and spent a total of 11 years in the majors. After retiring from professional ball, he coached at Howard University for 28 years. In 2002 he wrote My Time at Bat.

Inducted into Hall of Fame 2008