Ivoria Hillis Layne (February 23, 1918
– January 12, 2010), nicknamed Tony, was an
Ameirican third baseman in Major League Baseball for
three seasons with the Washington Senators between 1941
In a three-season career, Layne was a .264 hitter
(75-for-284) with one home run and 28 RBI in 107 games,
including 37 runs, nine doubles, four triples, three
stolen bases, and a .321 on-base percentage.
Following his majors career, Layne led the Pacific
Coast League hitters in 1947 with a .367 average. From
1955 through 1958, he served as a player/manager for the
Lewiston Broncs of the Northwest League, winning the
league batting title in 1955 (.391) and ending second in
both 1956 (.354) and 1957 (.340). In four NWL seasons, he
collected a .362 average with a .468 OBP and led the
league's third basemen in fielding percentage during
three consecutive seasons (1955–57).
In 1,796 minor league games, Layne hit .335 with 83
home runs and 953 RBI. He later scouted for the Texas
Rangers. In 1987, he was inducted into the Tennessee
Sports Hall of Fame.
Hillis Layne died January 12, 2010, of a heart attack
suffered two days earlier.