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Hughie Jennings
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Baseball Player
    (April 2, 1869-February 1, 1928)
    Born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
    Shortstop/1st baseman for the Louisville Colonels (1891-93), Baltimore Orioles (1893-99), Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1900,1903), Philadelphia Phillies (1901-02) and Detroit Tigers (1907,1909,1912)
    .314 career batting average
    Manager for the Detroit Tigers (1907-20) and New York Giants (1924-25)
    Managerial win-loss record of 1,184-995
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1945)
    He suffered a skull fracture after diving head-first into a pool at night, only to discover it was empty (1904).
    He has the records for most times hit by a pitch for both a season (51 times in 1896) and a career (287), which probably did not help that skull fracture any.
    He threw out his shoulder (1898), forcing a move from shortstop to first base, after which he was never as effective a player.
    He was nicknamed 'Ee-Yah' after one of the yelps he made while managing.
    He was suspended for taunting opponents with a tin whistle (1907).
    He suffered a nervous breakdown at the end of the 1925 season and had to retire from baseball.
    He led the NL in fielding percentage and putouts by a shortstop three seasons.
    He had an infectious smile that umpire Tim Hurst called 'the grin that echoed.'
    He attended Cornell law school, passed the bar exam and had a successful legal practice during the offseasons.
    His wife Elizabeth died of complications from childbirth after only 13 months of marriage (1897).
    He was in a car crash in which he broke both legs and his left arm, fractured his skull again and suffered a concussion (1911).
    Connie Mack called him one of the three greatest managers in history, along with John McGraw and Joe McCarthy.

Credit: C. Fishel

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