From BR Bullpen
James Jay Hughes
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Weight 185 lb.
- Debut April 18, 1898
- Final Game September 27, 1902
- Born January 22, 1874 in Sacramento, CA USA
- Died June 2, 1924 in Sacramento, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Jay Hughes, also called Jim Hughes, was a successful pitcher during his four seasons in Baltimore and Brooklyn. Afterwards, he left major league baseball because he wanted to be on the west coast.
Hughes came to Brooklyn with expectations on both sides, since his brother Mickey Hughes had pitched in Brooklyn in 1888 and won 25 games. However, Jay started in Baltimore - he pitched in an exhibition against the Orioles and shut them out, so manager Ned Hanlon signed him up. In 1898, in the heart of the lively ball era, he went 23-12 for a team that went 96-53. Jay was second on the team in victories behind Doc McJames, who had 27. He pitched a no-hitter that year. He also played in 15 games in the outfield, with a low seasonal batting average but showing some power.
The next year, he came to Brooklyn (owned by the people who owned Baltimore), going 28-6. The team won the pennant, winning 101 games. Hughes led the league in both victories and in win/loss percentage.
In Hughes' four year major league career, he was always over .500 in victories, and always played on winning teams. His ERA was always above average.
In 1903 he won 34 games with Seattle and followed up in 1904 with 26 victories.