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Historic Tiger Baseball #4--Manager Hughie Jennings

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Today's Featured Tiger Manager

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-- HUGHIE JENNINGS --

(1907-1920)

(click on name for managerial statistics)

One of baseball's most colorful and best-loved characters, Jennings rose from breaker boy in the Pennsylvania anthracite fields to Tiger manager and then to the Hall of Fame. The redheaded, freckled firebrand wore a major league uniform for more than three decades as a player, coach, and manager. He also earned a law degree from Cornell and built a successful off-season legal practice.

Jennings's best years as a player came as captain of the powerful, brawling Baltimore Orioles, National League champions in three straight years, 1894-96 and winners of the 1897 Temple Cup. Operating within and outside the rules, Jennings and teammates John McGraw, Willie Keeler, Joe Kelley, and Wilbert Robinson were the scourge of opponents and umpires. During his five full seasons in Baltimore, Jennings never batted below .328 and achieved a high of .401 in 1896, the ML record for shortstops. In addition, he stole as many as 70 bases in a season and was the leader in

fielding average and putouts three times each.

As the Tigers manager in 1907, Jennings guided the team to pennants in his first three years at the helm. The Tigers lost all three World Series, however, and never again won a pennant under Jennings, who remained on the job through 1920. From the third base coaching box, the hyperactive skipper prodded his charges, among them the young Ty Cobb, and taunted the opposition with shouts, whistles, and gyrations. His piercing yell of "Ee-Yah" became a trademark.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 1945.

http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Jennings.Hughie.Obit.html

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Jennings_Hughie.stm

http://cornell-magazine.cornell.edu/Archive/2004mayjun/depts/Cornelliana.html

http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/jennihu01.shtml

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/excerpts/detroit_tigers.stm

http://baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/jennings_hughie.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughie_Jennings

http://www.deadball.com/jennings.htm

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This is one guy I would have loved to see play. I would have also liked to have seen Cobb, Greenberg, Gehringer, Trout, Kell and Schoolboy Rowe.

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This is one guy I would have loved to see play. I would have also liked to have seen Cobb, Greenberg, Gehringer, Trout, Kell and Schoolboy Rowe.
You will at least be able to enjoy their biographies on this thread over the next year, as well as those of a lot of unsung, less-heralded players who also deserve to be remembered. :classic:

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