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James Robert Hickey (Sid)

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Right-Hander Jim Hickey was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers before the 1939 season and pitched the season for the Hot Springs Bathers of the class C Cotton States League. The 18 year old went 9-10 with a 4.29 ERA his first year in professional baseball and for reasons unknown was granted free agency on January 14, 1940. Almost three weeks later, on February 2, 1940, he signed as a free agent with the NL Boston Bees.

Hickey spent two seasons with the Hartford Bees of the class A Eastern League, going 3-0 in 1940 and 6-8 in 1941. He showed well in Spring Training in 1942 and was on the opening season roster with the Boston Braves, who had changed from the Boston Bees name, back to their old Braves name in 1941. Hickey made his big league debut with the team on April 25, 1942. Jim lost his only decision and spent the rest of the '42 season with the Hartford club again, winning 10 and losing 10 with a 2.25 ERA while pitching 168 innings.

Shortly after the '42 season Hickey was inducted into the Military Services and spent the 1943 and part of the '44 season with the United States Navy during World War II. Jim returned in time to appear in 12 games with the Hartford club again and finished out the '44 year with a 4-2 record and a 2.34 ERA. This would be Jim's final season in professional baseball and he finished out his five minor league seasons with a 32-30 record and a 3.59 ERA. His two trips to the big leagues left him with a 0-1 record in nine appearancs.

After baseball Hickey worked over 30 years for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT. Jim also owned Hickey Paving Company there. James Robert Hickey passed away on September 20, 1997 in Manchester, CT at 76 years of age.




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