Hughie Jennings

Shortstop

Class of 1945

Hughie Jennings

Shortstop

Class of 1945
Hughie Jennings was among the game's premier shortstops during late 19th century.

Games

Birth year

About Hughie Jennings

Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player, Hughie Jennings was also a leader on the field, which propelled him to a successful career as a manager after his playing days were over.

Jennings played with Baltimore teams that won National League championships for three consecutive years from 1894-1896. Over those three seasons, Jennings had 355 RBI and hit .335, .386 and .401. In 1895, to go with his .386 average, he had 204 hits, scored 159 runs, drove in 125 and stole 53 bases. During the following season, he had 209 hits and 70 stolen bases, also setting a major league record by being hit by a pitch 51 times.

For his career, Jennings batted .312 with 1,526 hits, scored 992 runs and stole 359 bases. He also led all shortstops in the league in fielding average four times.

The shortstop was hit by a pitch a record 287 times in his career. In one game in particular, he was hit in the head by a pitch in the third inning and remarkably, he continued to play the rest of the game. But, as soon as it finished, he collapsed and remained unconscious for the three days that followed.

After the 1899 season, in which he played for the pennant-winning Brooklyn Superbas, Jennings went to Cornell Law School and began his managerial career with the university baseball team while also completing his studies. He left campus before finishing his degree in the 1904 season to manage the Eastern League's Orioles, and was hired as the manager of the Detroit Tigers in 1907. He later passed the bar and enjoyed a long career practicing law.

Jennings led the Tigers to three consecutive pennants in his first three seasons with the team and stayed with them until 1920. He compiled 1,131 wins in his 14 years as Detroit’s manager.

The Detroit manager became known for yelling “Ee-yah!” from the coaching box, as a form of encouragement for his players. It became his nickname, and fans would yell the word whenever he came on the field.

Jennings passed away on Feb. 1, 1928. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.

The Basics

Year inducted
1945
Birth Place
Pittston, Pennsylvania
Birth Year
1869
Died
1928, Scranton Pennsylvania

Career at a Glance

Primary Team
Baltimore Orioles NL
Primary Position
Shortstop
Bats
Right
Throws
Right
Played For
Louisville Colonels, 1891-1893
Baltimore Orioles NL, 1893-1899
Brooklyn Dodgers, 1899-1900
Philadelphia Phillies, 1901-1902
Detroit Tigers, 1907-1918
Teams Managed
Detroit Tigers, 1907-1920
New York Giants, 1924-1925

Career MLB Stats

Games
1,284
At bats
4,895
Runs
992
Hits
1,526
Doubles
232
Triples
88
Home Runs
18
RBI
840
Stolen Bases
359
Walks
347
Batting Average
.312
Ops
.797
On Base %
.391
Slugging %
.406