February 23, 1918
January 12, 2010 (aged 91)
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|September 16, 1941, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 21, 1945, for the Washington Senators|
Ivoria Hillis Layne (February 23, 1918 – January 12, 2010), nicknamed Tony, was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball for three seasons with the Washington Senators between 1941 and 1945. Listed at 6' 0", 170 lb., he batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was born in Whitwell, Tennessee.
Layne was one of many major leaguers who saw his baseball career interrupted by a stint in the army during World War II. Signed by the legendary Joe Engel to play for the Washington Senators organization, and played for the Chattanooga Lookouts before being called up to the Senators in September of 1941. Overall, he spent 37 years in professional baseball, including 17 in the Minor Leagues, while losing 2¾ years to the Military (1942–44) . After being discharged from military service, he played in parts of the 1944 and 1945 seasons.
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).
Layne died January 12, 2010, of a heart attack suffered two days earlier.