Managerial Record: 535-671
Hugh Duffy was one of 19th-century
baseball's greatest hitters.
On the other hand, a similar reassessment altered Duffy’s career batting average from .330 to .324, and most of his other career totals have also suffered a reduction. Even after the modification of his achievements, however, Duffy remains one of the outstanding hitters of the 19th century.
Hugh Duffy (1866-1954) began his major-league career with
the Chicago White Stockings in 1888. Standing 5'7" and slim, Duffy was mistaken
at first by
Unwilling to believe any outfielder so small could cut it with his heavy-hitting team, Anson kept Duffy on the bench for several weeks until regular right fielder Billy Sunday, later a famous evangelist, was traded to Pittsburgh. Given his chance, Duffy quickly showed he belonged in top company. By the end of the season, Duffy was stationed at the more demanding center field spot.
After a solid season in 1889, Duffy jumped to the Players League the following year and led the rebel loop in both hits and runs. Rather than return to the White Stockings when the circuit folded, Duffy signed on with the Boston Reds of the American Association. In his first year in the Hub, Duffy won his first pennant.
The following year, the American Association combined with
the National League to form a 12-team circuit, and Duffy, a free agent, signed
with the defending National League-champion Beaneaters. Also joining the
Beaneaters in 1892 was right fielder Tommy McCarthy. The two Irish fly chasers
were quickly embraced by
Duffy remained with the Beaneaters throughout the 1900
season. He then became player-manager with the Milwaukee Brewers of the
reorganized American League. He stayed on in
Here are Hugh Duffy’s major league totals:
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