James Ulysses Hughey
- Bats Unknown, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0"
- Debut September 29, 1891
- Final Game September 30, 1900
- Born March 8, 1869 in Wakeshma, MI USA
- Died March 29, 1945 in Coldwater, MI USA
"I'm not stuck on pitching ball in the Big League. When I was in the Western League I received as much salary and had an easier time of it." - Jim Hughey
Jim Hughey lost far more games than he won but was still the top pitcher on the legendarily-bad Cleveland Spiders of 1899, where his 5.41 ERA and four victories led the starting staff.
Hughey started in major league baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association in 1891, pitching well. It was, however, the last year of the American Association's existence, and Hughey didn't come back to the majors until 1893 in the National League.
In 1892 he played for the Kansas City Cowboys of the Western League. In 1894 and 1895 he pitched for the Toledo White Stockings, also in the Western League.
He never had another winning major league season, although he pitched 143 major league games in the National League. Along with the 1899 Spiders, he also pitched on the extremely bad St. Louis Browns of 1898, who went 39-112. In spite of going 7-24 for the team, Hughey's 3.93 ERA was one of the best among the team's starters. He went 11-54 in a two-year span and allowed 403 hits in 1899. His 30 losses that year make him the last man in major league history to lose 30 games in a season.
The most similar three players, according to the similarity scores method and as of June 2008, had much better winning percentages than Hughey, but lower on the list is an interesting comparison, John Coleman, a near-contemporary who was primarily a position player but while pitching managed to be approximately as unsuccessful as Hughey.
His nickname "Coldwater" came from the town of Coldwater, MI in which he lived, and an amateur team for which he played, helping the local team to win a regional championship.
After his major league days he pitched again for Coldwater and Toledo, as well as for some other teams through 1904. Thereafter he farmed and ran a store.
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1898 and 1899)
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