Hugh High

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Hugh High
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Outfielder
Born: (1887-10-24)October 24, 1887
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Died: November 16, 1962(1962-11-16) (aged 75)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 11, 1913 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1918 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average .250
Home runs 3
RBIs 123
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Hugh Jenkin High (October 24, 1887 – November 16, 1962), nicknamed "Bunny,"[1] was a Major League Baseball outfielder from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, who played six seasons in the majors, for the Detroit Tigers in 1913 and 1914, and for the New York Yankees from 1915 through 1918. He is the older brother of two other major league players, Andy High, and Charlie High.[2]

Career[edit]

In his two years playing for the Tigers, he couldn't break into the regular line-up, but played quite often compared to the existing trio of Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, and Bobby Veach.[3] Before the 1915 season, on February 4, he was sold to the Yankees along with Wally Pipp,[2] reportedly for $5000 each. It is believed that this sale was the beginning of the building blocks of the Yankee machine, by funnelling talent from around the league.[4] He spent the next four seasons with the Yankees, becoming a regular in the line-up for three of them.[2]

Post-career[edit]

After playing in just seven games for the Yankees in 1918, he left professional baseball altogether, and was working at Sparrows Point, a shipyard outside of Baltimore, Maryland, when Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee expressed interest in services, in fact, had discussed trade options with the Yankees earlier in the year. Several possible reasons exist for why this was not able to happen, but the deal did not come to fruition, and Hugh never returned to the Majors.[5] Hugh died at the age of 75 in St. Louis, Missouri, and is interred at Bellefontaine Cemetery.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hugh High's Stats". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hugh High's Stats". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Hugh High's Profile". baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Hugh High's Chronology". baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  5. ^ "BABE RUTH and the 1918 Red Sox, pg. 171". By Allan Wood. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 

External links[edit]

Hugh High at Find a Grave