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Michael "Pinky" Higgins, a native of Red Oak and a graduate of Dallas' Adamson High School, had a 14-year professional baseball career. As a player with three American League teams (Philadelphia, Boston, and Detroit) he had a .292 lifetime average, appeared in two World Series, two All-Star games and led all third basemen in double plays in 1934. In 1938 he set a record of 12 consecutive hits in as many trips to the plate. In the 1940 World Series with Detroit he drove in six runs on eight hits, including a home run that won the third game, and he set four fielding records. He managed the Boston Red Sox from 1955-1962. Higgins was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1965.

Michael "Pinky" Higgins