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Calvin Grey Hogue

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The seventeen-year-old Cal Hogue signed as an amateur free agent with the St. Louis Browns before the 1945 season. He was optioned to the Newark Moundsmen of the Ohio State League where the youngster appeared in 22 games, going 7-11, his first season in the pros. Cal was working his way up the ladder when traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1948 season. He responded by going 8-3 with a 3.16 ERA for the Uniontown Coal Barons of the Middle Atlantic League.

Hogue had a couple of rough years in 1949 and 1950 and was completely out of baseball in 1951. The 24-year-old appeared back on the scene in 1952, going 10-3 with a 3.21 ERA for the Charleston Rebels of the South Atlantic League and was called up in mid-July to Forbes Field with the Pirates. He put up a not-so-hot 1-8 record in his first shot at the major leagues. But then the Pirates weren't so hot either as they showed a 42-112 record and finished 54 1/2 games back. Cal had brief trials back with the Pittsburgh club in 1953 and 1954, finishing with a record of 2-10 with a 4.91 ERA in 25 games overall.

Hogue wound up the rest of his career in the minors, finishing out 1954 with the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association with a strong 11-7 record and a 3.86 ERA. He had one more decent season in 1955 with the Williamsport Grays, where he went 8-6 with a 4.41 ERA in 35 appearances. After being voluntarily retired in 1956, he gave it one more try in 1957 with a short trip to the Mexican League and appeared in three games with the Columbus Jets of the International League. Cal then hung up his minor league uniform, closing with a 57-52 record and a 3.92 ERA.

Hogue returned to his native Dayton, OH where he worked as a pipe fitter until his retirement to Kettering, OH where he died on August 5, 2005, at the age of 78.

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