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Jimmy Hughes

 

Date and Place of Birth: July 13, 1921 Astoria, NY
Date and Place of Death:    November 19, 1944 near Apweiler, Germany
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: Company E, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division, US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

It is your reporter's unpleasant duty to write today of the death in action of another stellar local athlete, Pfc. Jimmy Hughes ... former pitcher for the Triboro A. C. and other clubs.
Lou O'Neill, Long Island Star Journal 1944

James A. Hughes was born in Astoria, New York, on July 13, 1921. In the early 1940s, the young pitcher was a local star in the highly competitive Queens Baseball Alliance, firstly with the Corona Club and later with the Triboro Athletic Club.

His talent was attracting much attention from major league scouts, but Hughes, who worked for the City of New York Fire Department, entered military service in 1943, continuing to pitch for service teams, hurling a no-hitter while stationed at Camp Swift, Texas. Private First Class Hughes went on to serve with Company E, 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division in Europe. On November 19, 1944, while helping sweep a minefield near Apweiler, Germany, Hughes was mortally wounded. He was survived by his widow, Anne.

After the war in Europe ended, the 102nd Infantry Regiment constructed a baseball field at Camp Grohn, on the outskirts of Bremen, Germany. It was named Jimmy Hughes Memorial Field.

His remains were later returned to the United States and now rest at Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale, New York.

James Anthony Hughes

Date Added September 15, 2017

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