On this date September 27, 1942…
A day before Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky enter military service, Sox hurler Cecil “Tex” Hughson strikes out only one batter. That one strikeout was enough to tie Buck Newsom for the American League Strikeout Crown with 113. Not since Cy Young in 1901, had a Red Sox pitcher led the league in strikeouts. Tex also won 22 games that season, also leading the junior circuit. Boston would go on to win 7-6
1949 Bowman #199 Cecil “Tex” Hughson
Tex Hughson was a big right-handed power pitcher out of the University of Texas who principally wore the number 21 during his tenure with the Red Sox, just like another big Texan, Roger Clemens. Despite military service and arm problems, Hughson pitched his entire big-league career for the Red Sox during the decade of the 1940s with three straight all-star selections.
Tex was especially effective against the World Series-bound Yankees in 1942, going 5-1 and prompting the quote below.
“I would rather beat the Yankees once than any other team twice … They were the best, and they were cocky, particularly in New York with those Yankee pinstripes on. It was as if you ought not to beat them. You ought to just go out there and rather politely lose.”
Along with his 96-54 career record, Hughson had a 2.94 ERA, 10th on the Red Sox all-time list (through 2014) among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings. He struck out 693 and walked only 372 in 1,375 2/3 innings. His 99 complete games place him 10th on the Red Sox all-time list, and his 19 shutouts place him in a tie for seventh place on the list. The 13 consecutive wins at home in 1944 tie him with Boo Ferris for the Red Sox record in that department.
I picked up this card earlier this summer as I was obtaining members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Cecil “Tex” Hughson was inducted on November 14, 2002.