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Hugh Duffy

Center fielder | Boston Beaneaters/Boston Braves/Atlanta Braves

Hugh Duffy

     The small man from Rhode Island played 17 seasons in the bigs, 9 of them with the Boston Beaneaters.  A terrific defensive outfielder, he was also a great hitter - his .440 batting average in 1894 is the highest single season average of all time.


     Duffy hit over .300 in nine of his ten seasons in Boston, but 1894 was his best year by far. Not only did he hit .440, but he won baseball's first Triple Crown with 18 HR and 145 RBI as well. He also led the NL with 236 hits, 50 doubles, and a .679 slugging percentage.


     Duffy was a big fan of Cap Anson, and began his career with Anson's Chicago White Stockings.  After three seasons he was sold to the American Association's Boston franchise, and after the AA broke up he became a Beaneater.



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