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Tex Hughson

Tex Hughson

Position(s):
P
Born:
February 9, 1916
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
198 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-16-1941 with BOS

played his entire career in the American League with the Boston Red Sox (1941–44, 1946–49). He batted and threw right-handed.

A native of Buda, Texas, Hughson assisted University of Texas at Austin. He was a successful and competitive pitcher in major league who was not averse to throwing close to batters, changing speeds by mixing in a hard fastball and an overhand curveball. At the height of his career, injuries in his arm and shoulder threatened permanent disability and hastened his retirement.

Hughson enjoyed his best season in 1942, posting a 22-6 record with a 2.59 ERA, and also leading the league in victories, strikeouts (113), complete games (22), innings pitched (281.0) and batters faced (1150). In 1943 he won 12 games with 114 strikeouts, a 2.64 ERA, and again led the league in complete games (20). He also had his best year batting, posting career highs in hits, runs, doubles, walks, batting average, and RBI's. He had an 18-5 mark in 1944, topping the league in winning percentage (.783) and WHIP (9.43), and also reached a career-best ERA of 2.26.

After serving in the military for one year, Hughson won 20 games in 1946, led the league in walks per nine innings (1.65), set a career high in strikeouts with 179, and completed 30 of 35 starts. In 1947 Hughson won 12 games, and finished his career at 33 years old after two seasons as a reliever. He pitched well in Game 1 of the World Series against St. Louis, giving up seven hits and two runs in eight innings. He got no decision as Boston won 3-2 in 10 innings. He took the loss in Game 4 when he was shelled for five hits and six runs in two innings. He pitched 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief in Game 6, but the Cards won 4-1.

In an eight-year career, Hughson posted a 96-54 record with 693 strikeouts and a 2.94 ERA in 1375.2 innings. His control was so good, that he recorded an effective 1.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio (693-to-372). Beside this, he was selected a three-time All-Star (1942–44).

Tex Hughson died in San Marcos, Texas, at age of 77. He was enshrined in the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in November 2002. Hughson Street in San Marcos is named in his honor.

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