First appearing with the National League Chicago White Stockings in 1888, Hugh Duffy hit better than .300 nine seasons in row. After a single season with the Player’s League Chicago Pirates, Duffy moved to Boston, first with the American Association Reds and then the Beaneaters. He had a season for the ages in 1894, batting .440 and hitting 18 home runs, only missing the Triple Crown because he trailed fellow Hall of Famer Sam Thompson by 2 RBIs. He played his final game in 1906 and finished with a career batting average of .326 to go with 574 stolen bases.
Duffy would go on to manage the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. Technically the Player/Manager of the Phillies, he appeared in 18 games in 1904, two years after he had previously played Major League Baseball.
July 19, 2011