They both wore uniform #18 !!!!
In March’s MLB Fan latest leaders, my blog ranked #18. I dedicate it to Brooklyn Dodger Jim Hughes and LA Dodger Bill Russell.
Jim Hughes, a hard-throwing relief pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950’s, set a franchise record for saves that endured for 35 years.
Hughes led the major leagues in saves, with 24, and in games pitched, with 60, in 1954.
”He was a big, tough guy,” recalled Tommy Lasorda, Hughes’s onetime roommate when Lasorda pitched briefly for Brooklyn. ”It would take him three, four pitches to get warm. After a few pitches, he was fogging it. Nothing but hard stuff. Didn’t have a breaking ball.”
Hughes had two careers as a fireman — one, informally, in baseball, and another in carrying on a family tradition in Chicago.
When he began to quell nonbaseball fires, Hughes could not resist playing on the obvious when he visited one day with his former Brooklyn Dodgers manager, Walter Alston, who was sometimes known as Smokey. Hughes donned a Dodgers jersey for a photo with Alston, but that was not all. As his son Michael recalled: ”He had a fire helmet on his head, he carried an ax and he had a hose over his shoulder.”
One time I ran into him when the Dodgers had the Triple-A 51’s team in Las Vegas. He was there checking the umpiring. I’ve ran into him at Dodger Stadium several times.
He currently works for Major League Baseball’s umpiring division.
Thank you everyone that visit my blog. Of the top 20 fan blogs, 9 are she-fans, lead by the number ONE she-fan Jane . Congratulations to everyone!
Congratulations to the blogsphere 5th year anniversary! I’ve been here a year and months but I have been posting longer than that! I love that we share our love for this grand great game!
They may be Bums, but they are MY BUMS! Go Dodgers!!