Irv Noren

Irving Arnold Noren (born November 29, 1924) is an American former professional baseball and basketball player. He was an outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1950 through 1960 for the Washington Senators, New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He also played for the National Basketball League's Chicago American Gears in 1946–47. Later in his baseball career, Noren was a minor league manager and the third-base coach of the 197273 World Series champion Oakland Athletics. As a player and coach between 1950 and 1975, Noren was a member of five world championship teams.

Noren was born in Jamestown, New York, but grew up from the age of 12 in Pasadena, California,[1] where he graduated from high school. Noren then attended Pasadena City College and played basketball as well as baseball. His collegiate career was interrupted by service in the United States Army during World War II.[2]

Irv Noren
Irv Noren
Outfielder
Born: November 29, 1924 (age 94)
Jamestown, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1950, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1960, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.275
Home runs65
Runs batted in453
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Playing career

The 6 ft (1.8 m), 190 lb (86 kg) Noren threw and batted left-handed. His pro baseball career began in 1946 when he was signed by the Dodgers while they were still in Brooklyn, but 14 years and the transfer of the team to Los Angeles would pass before he'd wear a Dodger uniform. During his four seasons in Brooklyn's farm system, he was named Most Valuable Player of the 1948 Double-A Texas League. Then, in 1949, playing for an earlier "hometown" franchise, the Hollywood Stars, Noren won the Triple-A Pacific Coast League's MVP Award, hitting .330 with 224 hits, 29 home runs and 130 runs batted in.

But the Dodgers had no room for Noren in their outfield in Brooklyn and sold his contract to the American League Washington Senators at the close of the 1949 campaign. Noren responded with a standout 1950 rookie season. He batted .295, established career highs in hits (160), home runs (14) and RBI (98), and finished 15th in the league's MVP race.[1] His sophomore season, 1951, saw only a slight falloff to a .279 batting average and 86 RBI. But 12 games into his third campaign with the Senators, 1952, Noren was sent on May 3 to the Yankees in a six-player trade that brought Jackie Jensen to Washington.

For the next 412 seasons, Noren would be a valuable platoon outfielder for Casey Stengel's Yankees, appearing in three World Series (1952; 1953; 1955), all against his original organization, Brooklyn. He started four games as the Yankees' centerfielder in the 1955 World Series, filling in, along with right-handed-swinging Bob Cerv, for an injured Mickey Mantle. But Noren went only 1-for-16 as Brooklyn captured its first world championship. He would hit only .148 (4-for-27) in the three Series in which he appeared. (He was a member of the victorious 1956 Yankees, but did not get into that year's Fall Classic.) His best regular season as a Yankee came in 1954, when he batted a career-high .319 in 125 games played. New York won 103 games that season, but finished second to the Cleveland Indians. All told, Noren hit .272 with 31 homers during his 488-game tenure in the Bronx.

Noren's trade to the Kansas City Athletics in February 1957 signaled his transition to journeyman status, as he appeared for four teams in the next four seasons. But he turned in strong performances for the 1957 Cardinals and the 1959 Cubs, batting over .300 each time in part-time duty, before closing his career back in Southern California with the transplanted Dodgers as a pinch hitting specialist in 1960.

Altogether, Noren played in 1,093 games over 11 MLB seasons. He collected 857 hits, including 157 doubles, 35 triples and 65 home runs, with 453 RBI. He batted .275 lifetime. Defensively, he recorded a .982 fielding percentage at all three outfield positions and first base.

Coaching career

After his playing days were over, Noren managed the Triple-A Hawaii Islanders in 1962–63, where he would fine players $50 if they showed up too sunburned to play baseball.[3] The Islanders went 158–153 during those two seasons, but did not qualify for the Pacific Coast League playoffs. He scouted for the expansion Senators in 1964, spent 1965–69 out of professional baseball, then managed in the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system in 1970.

From 1971 through 1973, Noren served on the coaching staff of Oakland A's manager Dick Williams, a fellow Pasadena High School alumnus and former minor league teammate. He was a member of the 1971 American League West Division champions, and then worked with two consecutive AL pennant-winners and World Series champions in 1972–73. When Williams resigned after the 1973 title, Noren remained on the Oakland staff of new manager Alvin Dark. But he and Dark clashed and on July 8, 1974, Noren was replaced as third-base coach by Bobby Winkles—denying Noren a third consecutive World Series title when the Athletics went on to defeat the Dodgers in that year's Fall Classic.[4]

Noren then spent one more season in the big leagues as a coach with the 1975 Cubs.

References

  1. ^ a b Cohen, Allan. "Irv Noren". SABR Biography Project. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Those Who Served". Baseball in Wartime.com. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Irv Noren - BR Bullpen". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  4. ^ King, Norm. "Bobby Winkles". SABR Biography Project. Retrieved November 30, 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Werle
Hawaii Islanders manager
1962–1963
Succeeded by
Bob Lemon
Preceded by
Bobby Hofman
Oakland Athletics third base coach
1971–1974
Succeeded by
Bobby Winkles
Preceded by
Pete Reiser
Chicago Cubs third base coach
1975
Succeeded by
Harry Dunlop
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers held off the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title by one game. The Dodgers lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in five games.

1952 New York Yankees season

The 1952 New York Yankees season was the 50th season for the Yankees in New York and their 52nd overall, going back to their origins in Baltimore. The team finished with a record of 95–59, winning their 19th pennant, finishing 2 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 games. This was their fourth consecutive World Series win, tying the record they had set during 1936–1939. It was also the first season that the Yankees aired their games exclusively on WPIX-TV which would last until the end of the 1998 season, the channel was also the home of the baseball Giants broadcasts from 1949, thus it was the first time ever that the channel had broadcast both the AL and NL baseball teams from the city, in 2016, when WPIX resumed FTA broadcasts of Yankees games in association with the current cable broadcaster YES Network, the channel returned to being the sole FTA broadcaster for the city's MLB franchises, as it is also currently the FTA broadcaster for the New York Mets.

1953 New York Yankees season

The 1953 New York Yankees season was the 51st season for the team in New York, and its 53rd season overall. The team finished with a record of 99–52, winning their 20th pennant, finishing 8.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 6 games. This was the Yankees fifth consecutive World Series win, a record that still stands.

1954 New York Yankees season

The 1954 New York Yankees season was the team's 52nd season in New York, and its 54th overall. The team finished in second place in the American League with a record of 103–51, finishing 8 games behind the Cleveland Indians, who broke the Yankees' 1927 AL record by winning 111 games. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

1955 New York Yankees season

The 1955 New York Yankees season was the team's 53rd season in New York, and its 55th season overall. The team finished with a record of 96–58, winning their 21st pennant, finishing 3 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they were defeated by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 games.

1956 New York Yankees season

The 1956 New York Yankees season was the 54th season for the team in New York, and its 56th season overall. The team finished with a record of 97–57, winning their 22nd pennant, finishing 9 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 games. The Series featured the only no-hitter in Series play, a perfect game, delivered by the Yankees' Don Larsen in Game 5.

1957 Kansas City Athletics season

The 1957 Kansas City Athletics season, the third for the team in Kansas City and the 57th in MLB, involved the A's finishing seventh in the American League with a record of 59 wins and 94 losses, 38½ games behind the American League Champion New York Yankees. The club drew 901,067 spectators, sixth in the league.

Archie Wilson (baseball)

Archibald Clifton Wilson (November 25, 1923 – April 28, 2007) was a professional baseball player. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for three teams from 1951 to 1952, primarily as an outfielder. Listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 175 lb (79 kg), Wilson batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Los Angeles.

In 1951, Wilson was elected the International League MVP while playing for the Buffalo Bisons. He later would be inducted in the International League Hall of Fame.

Wilson entered the majors late in the year with the New York Yankees, playing for them in part of two seasons before being traded along with Jackie Jensen and Spec Shea to the Washington Senators in the same transaction that brought Irv Noren to the Yankees. His stay in Washington was brief because he was sent to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Ken Wood.

In a 51-game Major League career, Wilson was a .221 hitter (31-for-140) with nine runs, five doubles, three triples, and 17 RBI without home runs. After his Major League career, he returned to the minor leagues, where he played until 1962, including seven seasons for Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wilson died in Decatur, Alabama, at the age of 83.

Chick King

Charles Gilbert "Chick" King (November 10, 1930 – July 9, 2012) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Detroit Tigers (1954–1956), Chicago Cubs (1958–1959), and St. Louis Cardinals (1959).

Eric Noren

Eric Noren (born November 8, 1977) is an American director of films, commercials and music videos. Born in Arcadia, California, he is a grandson of former American professional baseball and basketball player Irv Noren. He received a BA in Film and Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz in 2000 and currently lives in Oakland.

Noren has been most prolific in the genre of skateboarding and commercial advertising. His skateboarding films include Stereo Sound Agency's Way Out East and Krux’s Feelin’ It. Auteur in his approach, he is engaged in all aspects of production including concept development, writing, directing, filming and editing. In 2006, Noren collaborated with visual artist Jeremy Fish and rap artist Aesop Rock on the short film Fish Tales. In 2014, Noren co-directed and produced a feature length concert film for the band Midlake with Jason Lee (actor). The film titled Midlake: Live in Denton, TX, premiered in England at the Glastonbury Festival.

Hawaii Islanders

The Hawaii Islanders were a minor league baseball team based in Honolulu, Hawaii, that played in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for 27 seasons, from 1961 through 1987.

Originally an affiliate of the Kansas City Athletics, the Islanders played their home games at Honolulu Stadium, Aloha Stadium, and Les Murakami Stadium. After being one of the most successful minor league teams, the Islanders faltered and ultimately moved to the mainland as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 1988.

Irv

Irv is a diminutive form (hypocorism) of the masculine given names Irving, Irvin, Irvine, etc. It may refer to:

Irvin Irv Anderson (1923-2008), American politician

Irving Irv Comp (1919-1989), American National Football League player

Irv Constantine (1907–1966), American National Football League player

Irving Cottler (1918–1989), American drummer

Irvin Irv Cross (born 1939), American sportscaster and former National Football League player

Irvin Irv Eatman (born 1961, American former National Football League and United States Football League player

Irvine Irv Frew (1907–1995), Scottish-born Canadian National Hockey League player

Irving Irv Goode (born 1940), American former National Football League player

Irv Gotti (born 1970), American hip hop and R&B record producer born Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.

H. Irving Grousbeck (born 1934), American entrepreneur, Stanford Business School professor and co-owner of the Boston Celtics National Basketball Association franchise

Irving Irv Kluger (1921-2006), American jazz drummer

Irving Irv Kupcinet (1912–2003), American newspaper columnist and television talk-show host

Irv Mondschein, American track and field champion

Irving Irv Noren (born 1924), American former Major League Baseball player and coach

Irving Irv Novick (1916–2004), American comic book artist

Irvin Irv Pankey (born 1958), American former National Football League player

Irving Irv Ray (1864–1948), American professional baseball player

Irvine Irv Robbins (1917-2008), Canadian-born American co-founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain

Irwin Irv Rothenberg (1921–2009), American basketball player in the Basketball Association of America (now the National Basketball Association)

Irving Irv Rubin (1945–2002), Canadian-born American chairman of the Jewish Defense League

Irvin Irv Smith (born 1971), American former National Football League player

Irvin Irv Smith Jr. (born 1998), American football player

James Irvin Irv Spencer (1937-1999), American National Hockey League and World Hockey Association player

Irving Irv Torgoff (1917–1993), American basketball player in the Basketball Association of America (now the National Basketball Association)

Irvin Irv Williams (born 1919), African-American jazz saxophonist and composer

Irvin Irv Wisniewski (1925-2014), American college basketball and golf head coach

Irving Irv Young (1877-1935), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Jack McMahan

Jack Wally McMahan (born July 22, 1932 in Hot Springs, Arkansas) is a former right-handed batting, left-handed throwing Major League Baseball pitcher who played in 1956 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics.

He attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Originally signed by the New York Yankees prior to the 1952 season, McMahon was drafted by the Pirates from the Yankees in the 1955 Rule 5 draft.

He made his big league debut on April 18, 1956. In eleven games with the Pirates, he posted a 6.08 ERA after allowing eighteen hits and nine earned runs in 13​1⁄3 innings of work. On June 23, he was traded by the Pirates with Curt Roberts to the Athletics for Spook Jacobs. Although he lowered his ERA with the Athletics to 4.82, he still went 0-5 in 23 games (nine starts) with them. In 61.2 innings, he walked 31 batters and struck out only 13. Between the two teams, he went 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA in 34 games (nine started). In exactly 75 innings of work, he allowed 87 hits and 40 walks. He had only 22 strikeouts. He was also an 0-fer as a batter as well - in 15 at bats, he collected zero hits (but he did strikeout 8 times). He played his final big league game on September 23.

Although he never appeared in the majors after 1956, he was still active in the minors, and he was involved in a big trade that took place between the Athletics and Yankees while in the minors. On February 19, 1957, the Athletics - with players to be named later, Wayne Belardi, Art Ditmar, and Bobby Shantz - sent McMahan to the Yankees for a player to be named later, Irv Noren, Milt Graff, Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan, Rip Coleman, and Billy Hunter. The Yankees sent Jack Urban to the Athletics to complete the trade. The Athletics sent Curt Roberts and Clete Boyer to the Yankees to complete the trade.

Jack Urban

Jack Elmer Urban (December 5, 1928 – June 26, 2006) was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1957 to 1959 for the Kansas City Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

Originally signed by the New York Yankees before the 1949 season, Urban was sent to the Athletics in a trade involving 13 players. The Yankees sent Irv Noren, Milt Graff, Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan, Rip Coleman, Billy Hunter and Urban (as a player to be named later) to the Athletics for Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, Jack McMahan, Wayne Belardi and two players to be named later, who would end up being Curt Roberts and Clete Boyer.

Although not much is known about his minor league career, it is known that in 1954, he tossed a no-hitter for the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League.

He made his big league debut on June 13, 1957 at the age of 28 and came into the league with a bang. Facing the Washington Senators, he tossed a complete, allowing only two runs and five hits. Although the team as a whole finished 59–94 on the year, Urban did exceptionally well compared to that, finishing with a 7–4 record and a 3.34 ERA in 129.1 innings of work. He allowed only 111 hits and 45 walks as well.

Experiencing a sophomore slump, his 1958 season was not so impressive, however. In 30 games – 24 of which were starts – he went 8–11 with a 5.93 ERA. In 132 innings of work, he allowed 150 hits and 51 walks.

He was traded back to the Yankees on April 8, 1959 for Mark Freeman. Urban never appeared in a Yankees uniform however, as he was purchased by the Cardinals in May of that year. Appearing in only eight games for the Cardinals, Urban allowed 18 hits, seven walks and 11 earned runs in 10​2⁄3 innings for a 9.28 ERA. He played his final game on August 6, 1959 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although he entered the league with a bang, he left with a disappointing game – in only 1/3 of an inning, he allowed a total of five runs.

Overall, in his three-year career Urban went 15–15 with a 4.83 ERA. In 272 innings, he allowed 279 hits, 103 walks, and he also had 113 strikeouts. A respectable hitter (for a pitcher), he hit .208 in 86 career at-bats.

Jerry Snyder

Gerald George Snyder (born July 21, 1929 in Jenks, Oklahoma) is an American former infielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Washington Senators from 1952 to 1958. Listed at 6 feet (1.8 m), 170 pounds (77 kg), he batted and threw right-handed.

Snyder started his career in 1946 with the Niagara Falls Frontiers of the Class C Middle Atlantic League. Obtained by the New York Yankees in 1947, he played for their farm teams during five minor league seasons. He was still a member of the Triple-A Kansas City Blues when he was traded to Washington on May 3, 1952, along with Jackie Jensen, Spec Shea and Archie Wilson in the same transaction that brought Irv Noren and Tom Upton to the Yankees.

While in Washington, Snyder provided a solid infield support for Pete Runnels, Herb Plews and Eddie Yost, playing mainly at shortstop. His most productive season came in 1954, when he posted career-numbers in games (64), runs (17) and RBI (17), while hitting .234 (36-for-154). In 1956 he batted a career-high .270 with two home runs and 14 RBI.

On July 18, 1955, Snyder participated in five double plays at second base to tie a then major league record. He also played in the Venezuelan league and appeared in the 1959 Caribbean Series.

In a seven-season career, Snyder was a .230 hitter (145-for-630) with three home runs and 47 RBI in 266 games, including 60 runs, 18 doubles, two triples and seven stolen bases. He played 15 professional seasons, through 1961, and spent part of his final campaign as player-manager of the Macon Peaches of the Double-A Southern Association.

Snyder's 1957 Topps card actually featured former catcher and coach Ed Fitz Gerald. In 2006, Snyder would sign reprints of the card inserted in commemorative packs with his name and the phrase, "This isn't me".

Noren (surname)

Noren or Norén is a Swedish surname that may refer to

Alexander Norén (born 1982), Swedish professional golfer

Carolina Norén (born 1965), Swedish radio presenter

Edmund Norén (1902–1983), Norwegian media executive and politician

Eric Noren (born 1977), American director of films, commercials and music videos

Fredrik Norén (1941–2016), Swedish jazz drummer

Gustaf Norén (born 1981), Swedish rock musician

Irv Noren (born 1924), American professional baseball and basketball player

Jack Noren (1929–1990), American jazz drummer and vocalist

Jay Noren, American university administrator

Lars Norén (born 1944), Swedish playwright, novelist and poet

Nils Norén (born c. 1967), Swedish-American chef and culinary educator

Patrik Norén (born 1992), Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman

Stig Norén (1908–1996), Swedish Air Force general

Svea Norén (1895–1985), Swedish figure skater

Victor Norén (born 1985), Swedish singer and songwriter

Rinty Monahan

Edward Francis "Rinty" Monahan (April 28, 1928 – July 27, 2003) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics of Major League Baseball during August 1953. In four career games pitched, all in relief, he had a 0–0 record, with a 4.22 earned run average.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Monahan stood 6 feet, 1½ inches (1.84 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). He attended Niagara University and signed his first pro contract with the New York Giants in 1949. In 1952, his fourth year in the Giants' farm system, he won 17 games for the Class A Jacksonville Tars and was selected in the 1952 Rule 5 draft by the Athletics. He spent the entire 1953 campaign on the A's big-league roster, but worked in only four August games. In his most successful appearance, on August 16 at Connie Mack Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader, he pitched the final two innings against the eventual 1953 world champion New York Yankees, allowing only one hit (a single by Irv Noren), one base on balls and no runs. It was a "mop up" assignment, as the Yankees led Philadelphia 8–0 when Monahan was called on to pitch.In his MLB career, Monahan allowed 11 hits and seven bases on balls in 10⅔ innings pitched, with two strikeouts. His pro career continued in the minor leagues in 1954 and 1957. He died in Brooklyn at age 75.

Spec Shea

Francis Joseph "Spec" Shea (October 2, 1920 – July 19, 2002) was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1947–1955. He played for the New York Yankees from 1947–1951 and the Washington Senators from 1952–1955. He was known as "The Naugatuck Nugget" as a result of him being from Naugatuck, Connecticut, and was named as such by Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen, and was nicknamed "Spec" because of his freckles.Shea originally signed with the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1940. He spent the 1940 season playing in Amsterdam, winning 11 and losing four while pitching 137 innings. In 1941, he was promoted to Norfolk, where he struck out 154 in 199 innings, and in 1942 he played in Kansas City, where he improved upon his earned run average. He was a member of the United States Military, serving in World War II. He joined in 1943 and served for three years, where he served solely as a soldier and did not play baseball.He was promoted to the Yankees' major league roster at the start of the 1947 New York Yankees season, and made his debut on April 19, 1947. He made his debut against the Boston Red Sox, which was so looked forward to at Naugatuck High School, his alma mater, that the school suspended operations for the day because most of the student body went to New York to root for Spec. As a rookie, Shea played in his first and only All-Star Game, playing in the 1947 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In the game, Shea pitched the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings, relieving for Hal Newhouser. He allowed one earned run, and was declared the winning pitcher of the All-Star Game.The same year, MLB established the Rookie of the Year Award. In the middle of the season, however, Shea was sidelined for seven weeks due to a pulled neck muscle. Shea finished the season with a 14–5 record in 27 appearances, had the lowest hits allowed per nine innings pitched in the majors with 6.4, had the best win-loss record in the American League with .737%, threw 13 complete games, three shutouts, and had an ERA of 3.07. Shea was in the running for the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award, which went to Jackie Robinson. Shea finished third in voting behind Robinson and Larry Jansen, but would have won the award had the American and National Leagues had separate Rookie of the Year winners. In the 1947 World Series, Shea started games one, five and seven, winning the first two en route to the Yankees' World Series victory.From 1948 to 1951, however, Shea had a combined 15-16 record, continuing to pitch in pain due to a nagging neck injury suffered in 1947. Instead of it being arm trouble as the Yankees believed, it was an issue that was solved by Shea visiting a chiropractor during the winter before the 1951 New York Yankees season. On May 3, 1952, Shea was traded by the Yankees with Jackie Jensen, Jerry Snyder, and Archie Wilson to the Washington Senators for Irv Noren and Tom Upton. In 1952 he had an 11–7 record with a 2.93 ERA, and in 1953 he had a 12–7 record with a 3.94 ERA. He was used in his final two seasons primarily as a relief pitcher, and pitched his final major league game on August 27, 1955.

Robert Redford called Shea during production of the film The Natural for pitching consultation, where he taught Redford how to pitch in an old-time style. Shea died in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 19, 2002 at the age of 81 after having heart valve replacement surgery.

Tom Hughes (1950s pitcher)

Thomas Edward Hughes (born September 13, 1934) is a retired American professional baseball player who appeared in two games for the 1959 St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. Born in Ancón, Panama Canal Zone, the son of a police official working in the then-American-controlled Canal Zone territory, Hughes was a right-handed pitcher who batted left-handed and was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg). He signed with the Cardinals in 1954.

As a minor league pitcher, Hughes posted gaudy win–loss records during his early career, winning 52 of 68 decisions (.765) between 1955 and 1957 for teams in the Class C California League and the Double-A Texas League. He led the California League in strikeouts with 273 and won 20 games during 1955. But he was treated late in 1956 for elbow soreness, then missed the entire 1958 campaign and almost all of 1959 while serving in the United States Army.Upon his discharge in August 1959, Hughes was added to the Cardinals' expanded roster that September. With the Redbirds languishing in the second division, manager Solly Hemus gave the rookie two auditions as a starting pitcher, with both games against the Chicago Cubs. On September 13, his 25th birthday, at Wrigley Field, Hughes lasted into the third inning, but allowed five earned runs on five hits (including home runs by Ernie Banks and Irv Noren) and two bases on balls, and was tagged with the 8–0 defeat. Eight days later, at Busch Stadium, Hughes retired only four batters, and was charged with surrendering four hits and four earned runs. He again was charged with a loss, as Chicago went on to win, 12–3.In 1960, Hughes returned to the minor leagues and spent two more seasons in the Cardinal organization before retiring from pro baseball. In his two MLB games, he allowed a total of nine hits and nine earned runs in four full innings pitched, for an earned run average of 15.75. He struck out two and issued two bases on balls.

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