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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Washington Times, April 17, 1913:
This is a story of a young man who literally would rather play baseball than eat.
[Because he spent eight hours a day working as a plumber, Hugh High] did not have very much time left for ball playing, but he found that by passing up his supper he could get in about an hour’s work on the lots in the baseball months.
He still works at the plumbing business in the fall and winter months and holds a union journeyman’s card. They say that he can melt lead with all the finesse of an expert chef making onion soup au gratin, and that he can cause a piece of pipe to scream for mercy when he gets the tongs on it.
High was a pretty good fourth outfielder. He got on base, played all three outfield positions, and could run. Had absolutely no power, though, and his career SLG was almost 30 points lower than his career OBP.
His little brother Andy spent 13 years in the majors as an infielder and picked up a handful of MVP votes in 1924.
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