Date and Place of Birth: October 7, 1919 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Died: November 28, 1990 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: United States
In 1944, Hughes was assigned to Camp Siebert in Alabama, a replacement training center for the Army's Chemical Corps. Pitching for the Camp Siebert Gashouse Gang on July 16, Hughes stopped the 20th Armored Division Armoraiders’ 35-game winning streak with a 7-4 win, Ducky Detweiler hitting a three-run home run for the Gashouse Gang in the fourth inning.
In 1945, Hughes was at Camp Patrick Henry in Virginia, a staging area for the Hampton Road Port of Embarkation, where in addition to his military duties he continued to play baseball.
Twenty-six year-old Tommy Hughes was back with the Phillies in 1946.
He had missed three full seasons of baseball at the major league
level and finished with a 6-9 in 29 appearances with a 4.38 ERA. In
1947, on a pitching staff led by Dutch Leonard and Schoolboy Rowe,
Hughes was 4-11 in 29 appearances and the Phillies traded him to the
Cincinnati Reds at the end of the year. In his only season with the
Reds and last in the major leagues, Hughes was 0-4 in 12 games with
an inflated ERA of 9.00. Hughes made seven appearances for the
Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League at the end of
the 1948 season and wound up his career with the Tulsa Oilers of the
Class AA Texas League the following season.
In 1950, Hughes was named director of baseball in his hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in charge of baseball diamonds sponsored by the city park department. In 1953, he was a coach with the Wilkes-Barre Barons of the Eastern League and briefly went on the active list in mid-season.
Tommy Hughes passed away on November 28, 1990, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was 71 years old.
Created June 17, 2007. Updated February 7, 2010.
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