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1967 TSN ROY Dick Hughes. What was the story?

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  • 1967 TSN ROY Dick Hughes. What was the story?

    Whatever happened to Dick Hughes, the pitcher who replaced Bob Gibson in the starting rotation for the world champion St. Louis Cardinals when Gibson broke his leg courtesy of a Roberto Clemente drive? He was 16 and six for the birds that year.

    Next year in 1968, Hughes only gets five starts all year and only .1 innings in the World Series. In 1969, he is completely out of baseball, except for 15 games in class a St. Petersburg.

    Had Tom Seaver not had his contract with the Braves voided , Hughes would've been rookie of the year 1967. As it was he was rookie of the year for the SportingNews. (My theory is that there Is No Way, Seaver would've seen much time on the 1967 Braves staff, which had four former 16 game winners plus Phil Niekro winning the ERA title that year, at the beginning of his Hall of Fame career).

    Somebody should step up and do a SABR biography of him. There's not even anything on Wikipedia about Richard Henry Hughes.

    What was the story? Arm trouble?

  • #2
    Rotater cuff injury was why he left baseball. Wikipedia is usually pretty good that is surprising wiki wouldnt have more info on him.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #3
      In Spring Training of 1968 he tore his rotator cuff. Unfortunately, back then, they only knew to rest it and didn't have a surgery to perform. He tried to play through the injury in 1968, with some success, but there wasn't anything he could do with a torn rotator cuff. He pitched 35 more innings of A-ball in 1969 and was then out of baseball. It's truly a shame for Cards fans who could have used him in their rotation during some of those close division races in the early '70s.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the info, Commish.

        Poor guy got shellacked in the WS and by Memorial Day in '68 his ERA had ballooned to 7.41* He was probably battling through the problem in late 67. By the end of '68 he had his ERA down to ~3.60 but it was probably too late for him (remember '68 was the low ERA year).



        *http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...96805260.shtml


        Indeed. Not sure how well-regarded the TSN ROY was ... but if you count TSN ROYs, that's gotta be the shortest-lived career of any ROY.



        Originally posted by The Commissioner View Post
        In Spring Training of 1968 he tore his rotator cuff. Unfortunately, back then, they only knew to rest it and didn't have a surgery to perform. He tried to play through the injury in 1968, with some success, but there wasn't anything he could do with a torn rotator cuff. He pitched 35 more innings of A-ball in 1969 and was then out of baseball. It's truly a shame for Cards fans who could have used him in their rotation during some of those close division races in the early '70s.

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