THSBCA honors Coach Hutson
Houston County Courier - January 2010
On Jan. 15, Coach Bob Hutson was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame at their annual convention in the Waco Convention Center. He was honored for his contributions to Texas high school baseball over a period of some 55 years.
“I’m really proud to receive this honor from an organization that I spent many, many hours helping to organize. Baseball has meant so much to me over the years; it’s absolutely been a huge part of my life for 55 years,” said Coach Hutson.
Hutson’s great love for baseball began in Lufkin where he played high school and amateur baseball in the late 1940s. He played college ball for Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1949 and 1950.
While in the U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany (1951-54) he played baseball with the VII Corps team, coached by Carol Berringer (well known today as the “legendary manager of the old Fort Worth Cats.”) When Coach Berringer left the Army, he named Hutson to take over as coach of the VII Corps team.
In the mid-1950s while working on his degree at the University of Houston, Hutson helped to organize and promote American Legion Baseball in the Houston area.
In 1960 he originated the Houston Coaches Invitational Baseball Tournament—at that time the largest baseball tournament in Texas—with 42 teams. He directed it for 16 years. (It was later renamed the Ewell Jackson Invitational Baseball Tournament in tribute to its first sponsor.)
In the early 1960s, Hutson coached Houston amateur baseball for several years, and one of those teams won a national championship.
In the late 1960s he organized Houston Sports Unlimited, which conducted summer baseball clinics, reaching youngsters from Little League to college level. He hired as assistants 10 major league baseball scouts from various organization. Later, many of these players went on to college and profession sports.
In 1964 Hutson helped organize the first Colt League teams in Houston. His team, the Northwest All-Stars, won the Colt League World Series.
In 1968 Joe Tusa, athletic director for Houston ISD, honored Hutson “for outstanding dedication to improve baseball in the Greater Houston area,”
In 1970 Hutson was honored by the Karl Young Invitational College Baseball League “for outstanding service as an advisory board member.”
In the 1970s Hutson, Ray Knoblauch (baseball coach at Houston Bellaire High School and Dick Janse (baseball coach at Houston Sharpstown High School) organized the first Texas Teenage League ever in the Houston area.
In 1973 Hutson was one of the founders of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and later assisted their president, Ray Knoblauch, in directing the first High School All-Star Baseball Game in the Astrodome. Hutson served as a director for several years.
In 1976 Hutson decided to complete his plan to move back to East Texas where he had earlier acquired land in Houston County, and he was happy when a coaching position in Crockett opened up. He served as athletic director/coach in Crockett ISD from 1975 to 1980. He was very proud of the Crockett coaches and athletes—both boys and girls—in baseball as well as other sports.
In 1980 Latexo ISD wanted to hire Hutson to be their A.D./basketball coach. He agreed to sign if they would build a baseball field and let him start a baseball program. Athletes responded with outstanding and continuing success.
From 1986 until he retired in 1994 Hutson was Jr. High Athletic Coordinator and Assistant High School Baseball Coach for Palestine ISD.
In 1995-96, Hutson was lured out of retirement by Lovelady ISD to replace their baseball coach who had resigned.
In 2006 Hutson was inducted into the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Honor “for his continued dedication and years of service to Greater Houston Area baseball.”
During his entire life, Coach Hutson’s love for baseball and the youngsters who play it has left its mark, helping high school baseball in Texas to be the best in the nation.