Funeral Tuesday, Feb. 12 for Chuck Hinton

2/11/2013, 4:37 p.m.

A funeral service for baseball great Chuck Hinton will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at First Baptist Church of Glen Arden, 3600 Brightseat Rd., Landover, Md. Prior to the funeral, a public viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist.

Hinton, 78, a former Washington Senators team member and Shaw University athlete, died on Jan. 27 at his home in the District. His daughter, Kimberly Stewart of Mitchellville, Md., said he had Parkinson's disease.

Hinton, the last player for the Washington Senators to hit .300, later became the head baseball coach at Howard University and the founder of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

He joined the Senators in 1961, when a new expansion team began playing in Washington after the original Senators departed for Minnesota.

In his four seasons with the Senators, the fast and powerful Hinton was one of the few bright spots on a team that lost at least 100 games each year. He was primarily an outfielder, but he was so skilled that he played seven positions for the Senators.

His finest season came in 1962, when his .310 batting average was fourth in the American League. No Senator ever hit .300 again before the franchise moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

Hinton, who was born May 3, 1934 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, played football, basketball and baseball at Shaw in Raleigh. He also served two years in the U. S. Army in the 1950s.

In 1956, he hitchhiked 300 miles to attend a baseball tryout camp, where he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles. He won two minor-league batting championships in the Orioles system before he was claimed in an expansion draft after the 1960 season by the newly formed Senators.

In 1965, while still playing in the major leagues, Hinton began working for the D.C. Recreation Department, where he mentored young people for more than 30 years. Hinton was an outstanding golfer who often played in charity tournaments.

A member of the Integrity Church International in Landover, Hinton had been married for 57 years to his wife, Irma Macklin Hinton.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include another daughter, Tiffany Salaberrios of City Island, NY; a son, Charles E. Hinton III of D.C.; and three granddaughters. Hinton was pre-deceased by his daughter, Jonquil Branch Hawkins, who died in 2002.