Hughie Jennings was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 as a player. He did have some fine season with the old National League Baltimore Orioles in the 1890s, his real success and his most important contribution to baseball history came as the manager of the Detroit Tigers from 1907 until 1920. During this period he led the Tigers to three straight American League pennants (1907, 1908 and 1909) but lost all three series to the National League representative. After this early success, he often had the Tigers in the running but they were never able bring the pennant back to Detroit. He even led the Tigers to one season, 1915, where they won 100 games but still finished just off the mark. Perhaps Jennings greatest triumph however, was just being able to exist as manager in Ty Cobb’s world. After he left Detroit he rejoined he old Oriole teammate, John McGraw, the longtime manager of the New York Giants as a coach. Jennings coached for McGraw from 1921 through 1925, filling in for the ailing McGraw as manager in parts of 1924 and 1925. Jennings own health deteriorated rapidly after 1925 and he died early in 1928.
July 25, 2011