Hugh Duffy

Hugh Duffy

Hugh Duffy of the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park in 1921.

3B, OF, SS, 2B, 1B, C
Sir Hugh
November 26, 1866
5' 7"
168 lbs
Major League Debut:
6-23-1888 with CHN
Allstar Selections:
1894 TC
Hall of Fame:

Hugh Duffy

A batting champion and two-time home run and RBI champion, Hugh Duffy earned his place in the Hall of Fame as one of the best players of the 1890s. For that decade he played more games, hit more homers, and drove in more runs than any other player in baseball. From 1892-1895, he and Tommy McCarthy were Boston's "Heavenly Twins" in the Beaneaters outfield, leading the club to a World Title and a National League crown. Later, with Billy Hamilton and Chick Stahl, Duffy formed an outstanding outfield from 1897-1899, sparking the Beaneaters to two National League titles.

Career Batting Stats
1737 7042 2282 1552 106 1302 574 .324 .449 .384 .834 118.8

Teams Hugh Duffy Managed

Milwaukee Brewers (1901)
Philadelphia Phillies (1904-1906)
Chicago White Sox (1910-1911)
Boston Red Sox (1921-1922)


Where does Hugh Duffy rank among baseball greats?

Hugh Duffy rank among the Top 50 all-time at CF. Rankings ?

Hugh Duffy All Time Teammates:


Best Season: 1894
Duffy led the National League in almost every offensive category, winning the triple crown with his .440 average, 18 homers, and 145 RBI.

Leaders, 1890s
1890s Leaders, Hits
Ed Delahanty .. 1862
Hugh Duffy... 1860
Jesse Burkett... 1798
George VanHaltren... 1782
Billy Hamilton... 1690

1890s Leaders, Home Runs
Hugh Duffy... 83
Ed Delahanty... 79
Mike Tiernan... 77
Sam Thompson... 75
Roger Connor... 72

1890s Leaders, Batting Average
Willie Keeler... .384
Billy Hamilton... .357
Jesse Burkett... .356
Ed Delahanty... .354
Joe Kelley... .340
Jake Stenzel... .339
Sam Thompson... .338
John McGraw... .336
Fred Clarke... .334
Hugh Duffy... .332

Where He Played
Center field (676 games), left (574), right (437)

As a Manager
After his successful 1894 season, Boston offered Duffy a meager $12.50 raise per month, but only if he accepted the position of team captain. Duffy relented, but since the team captain was responsible for replacing lost or broken equipment, he actually lost money on the deal.

Hugh Duffy was born on November 26, 1866, in Cranston, RI.

October 19, 1954, Boston, MA

Sir Hugh

Similar Players

Related Players
Cap Anson was Duffy's favorite player... Tommy McCarthy joined Duffy as the "Heavenly Twins" for Frank Selee's 1890s Beaneaters... "Sliding Billy" Hamilton joined Duffy as yet another future Hall of Famer in the Boston outfield in the 1890s.


Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1936 Veterans 4 %
1937 BBWAA 7 3.5%
1938 BBWAA 24 9.2%
1939 BBWAA 34 12.4%
1942 BBWAA 77 33.0%
1945 BBWAA 64 25.9%
1945 Old Timers


Awards and Honors
1894 NL Triple Crown

Hugh Duffy won the Triple Crown in the National League in 1894.

Depending on your source: Elias, Total Baseball, or the Baseball Encyclopedia, Duffy hit .438 or .440 in 1894. In any case, it is the highest single-season mark in major league baseball history.

Hitting Streaks
26 games (1894)

Best Strength as a Player
Hitting for average.

Largest Weakness as a Player

This day in baseball history

August 04

  • 2007

    On August 4, 2007, Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit h ...

  • 2007

    On August 4, 2007, Barry Bonds hit his 755th homer to tie Ha ...

  • 2000

    On August 4, 2000, Dave Martinez becomes the ninth major lea ...

More Baseball History

Sponsored Links

Baseball History, Bobby Doerr, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Sox, Hall of Fame, Harvard University, Hugh Duffy, Philadelphia Phillies, Ted Williams, Triple Crown Batting


Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014:
Browse Player Profiles