October 24, 1887|
|Died: November 16, 1962
St. Louis, Missouri
|April 11, 1913, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 22, 1918, for the New York Yankees|
Hugh Jenkin High (October 24, 1887 – November 16, 1962), nicknamed "Bunny," was an American baseball player. He played professional baseball as an outfielder for 15 years from 1911 to 1925, including six years in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers in 1913 and 1914 and for the New York Yankees from 1915 through 1918. He compiled a career batting average of .250 and led the American League's outfielders with a .981 fielding percentage in 1915. He later played for the Vernon Tigers in the Pacific Coast League from 1919 to 1923.
After the 1912 season, High signed with the Detroit Tigers as insurance in the event that Ty Cobb held out due to a salary dispute. Cobb did hold out during the early weeks of the 1913 season, and High stepped in as the Tigers' starting center fielder. During the 1913 and 1914 seasons, High appeared in 171 games for the Tigers, principally as a backup for Ty Cobb in center field, and compiled a .248 batting average and .349 on-base percentage.
On February 4, 1915, High was sold to the New York Yankees along with Wally Pipp. Between 1915 and 1918, High appeared in 345 games for the Yankees, served as the team's starting left fielder in 1916 and 1917, and compiled a .250 batting average and .343 on-base percentage. He also led all American League outfielders with a .981 fielding percentage in 1915.
He appeared in his final major league game on May 22, 1918, but he continued to play in the minor leagues for several years thereafter. From 1919 to 1923, he played for the Vernon Tigers in the Pacific Coast League. His best season with Vernon was 1923 when he compiled a .340 batting average and .461 on-base percentage in 132 games. He concluded his playing career with the Columbus Senators in 1924 and the Reading Keystones in 1925.
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