Tuesday, March 21, 2023

A 1955 Bowman 100th Birthday: Jim Hughes

Welcome to the second edition of my series featuring players from the 1955 Bowman set that would have turned 100 this year. The first player featured was Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst on February 2. Today's featured player is Jim Hughes (card #156), who I'm spotlighting on what would have been his 100th birthday. 

My actual 1955 Bowman card of Jim Hughes:

Date of Birth: 

March 21, 1923

First Year in Organized Baseball:

1946 with the Madisonville (KY) Miners, a Class D team in the Chicago White Sox organization. 

Link to a Really Old Baseball Guy:

Jim Hughes was teammates with Jo-Jo White on the 1950 Hollywood Stars (AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers). White began his playing career in 1928.

1934-36 National Chicle Diamond Stars (R327) #45 - Jo Jo White

Link to a Much Younger Guy:

Hughes played with Harmon Killebrew on the 1958 Indianapolis Indians (AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox). Killebrew retired after the 1975 season. 

1975 Topps - Harmon Killebrew

Interesting Facts: 

  • Served in the Marines during World War II
  • Became a firefighter in Chicago after his baseball career.
  • Died August 12, 2001.


  1. The first baseball Jim Hughes I knew was a Twins pitcher in the mid-1970s, so when I found out about this Jim Hughes I thought maybe that Twins pitcher had been throwing since the '50s and it was the same guy.

    A bit embarrassing for a Dodgers fan to admit that.

  2. Looking at his baseball reference page, that would've made him at least 35 when he decided to become a firefighter. You'll not find many modern guys that would take up that job, at that age.