Hugh Melville Critz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 147 lb.
- School Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College
- Debut May 31, 1924
- Final Game September 27, 1935
- Born September 17, 1900 in Starkville, MS USA
- Died January 10, 1980 in Greenwood, MS USA
Infielder Hughie Critz would play four seasons (1921-24) in the minors before getting his chance in the majors with the 1924 Cincinnati Reds . Hughie had a bang-up season with the Minneapolis Millers in 1923, hitting .326 with nine home runs in 628 at-bats. He was still hot, hitting .328 after 35 games at second base in 1924 and on May 24, the Minneapolis club sold him to the Cincinnati Reds for an undisclosed amount.
Critz would immediately become the Reds everyday second sacker and hit over .275 his first three years (1925-27) before playing 153 games for the 1928 Reds, hitting at a .298 average with a career-high 18 home runs. Hughie was with the Cincinnati club until 1930 when he was traded to the New York Giants on May 24 for Larry Benton.
Hughie became one of the main cogs in the Giants infield. His best year with the Giants would come in 1932 when he hit .276 in 151 games and lead the National League with 659 at-bats. He was one of the main men in the Giants pennant drive in 1933, getting the hits when they were needed and his defensive play was a big factor. Critz was in all five games of the 1933 World Series, getting three hits and fielding flawlesly in the Giants' World Series 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Hughie began to tail off in 1934-35 and decided to leave the game after the '35 season at age 34. He had played 16 seasons of pro baseball, four in the minors, where he had a .326 hitting average with nine home runs in 628 at-bats. His Major league numbers also showed he knew how to play the game, fielding 8,815 chances at a .974 fielding percentage. The 5' 8" infielder hit for a career .268 average with 38 home runs while playing 1,478 games.
In 1930, thanks to being traded, Critz played 88 home games. It is believed that this is the single-season record. (Cotton Tierney apparently holds the road record of 92 games.)
- NL At Bats Leader (1932)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1930)
- Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1933