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Cougar senior honors late grandfather by wearing uniform No. 62

Jase Hutchison

Jase Hutchison

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Some of the most iconic numbers in baseball history are Mickey Mantel’s 7, Babe Ruth’s 3, Willie Mays’ 24 and Jackie Robinson’s 42.

But for Munford Cougar senior Jase Hutchison one digit has been his desire to wear since his freshman year. This year Head Coach Jason Johnson issued him the No. 62.

A number normally seen in football, Hutchison wanted the No. 62 as a chance to play tribute to his late grandfather Terry. The elder Hutchison passed away on May 4, 2004 at the age of 62 after a career in construction as a painter.

“He’s your grandfather,” Jase said. “He was family, somebody you look up to.”

For four years Jase has been a contributor to the Munford Baseball program. Learning from his grandfather the value of hard work and doing what it takes to get the job done, Hutchison has played all over the field.

Under former Head Coach Steve Ledford, Hutchison saw time all over the infield including shortstop and catcher. Jase would be seen closing out games from the mound and now he’s primarily the third baseman for Coach Johnson.

But in his first three seasons Hutchison did all that work wearing the No. 18.

“It wasn’t my choice,” he said. “It was something given. So whenever I was given a chance to choose, I’ve always chosen this number (62).

“It was something I thought would be neat to do,” Jase added. “It’s always made me think of him, which always makes me feel good.”

Opposition and fans have taken notice of the 6 and 2 on the back of Hutchison’s uniform. And when they ask Jase why he’s wearing that number, he has a chance to talk about his grandfather.

And batting in the middle of the Munford lineup, Hutchison is trying to produce with bat and glove at third leaving a positive impression on spectators of No. 62.

“I hope he’s looking down and I’m making the 62 proud,” he said.

Dedicating the season to his late grandfather, Jase said he will carry on his memory on the diamond and in his everyday life.

“He taught me to work your hardest and never look back,” he concluded.

 

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