Aloha Mr. Hutton:
Here is my story that aired last night on KABC 790 as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
I’ll tell you a move I made that will shock you. When I was managing Spokane we went into Hawaii, and I looked at the right field fence and it was 280 feet. And I saw the left field fence, which was pretty far away.
So every hitter I put in the line-up was left-handed.
I called Tommy Hutton over and asked him if he ever played third base.
“Third base!” he said. “Are you crazy? No, why?”
Well you are playing third base tonight.
I had eight left-handed hitters in the line-up. The announcers did not go with the team to Hawaii. Instead, they would recreate the game. Our trainer sent the line-up to the announcers. They looked at it and saw Hutton at third base, and thought I was crazy. They thought it was a mistake and asked for the line-up to be sent again. The trainer sent it again and again saw Tommy Hutton at third base.
Our general manager, Elton Schiller, called our trainer Herb Vike, and wanted to know why he kept sending the line-up back with Hutton playing third. Vike told Schiller that Hutton really is playing third because I stacked the line-up with left handers.
It worked. We scored about eight runs in the first inning.