|Pitcher, Right-handed - Washington Senators 1940-1952; U. S. Army Air Force Oct 1942-Jan 1946; Boston Red Sox 1953-1954 |
Although, Sid Hudson pitched for the usually second division Washington Senators he was one of the American League's top pitchers during the early 1940's. His compelling pitching performances were acknowledged by fans and media alike across the nation.
Born on January 3, 1917 in Coalfield, Tennessee, Sid Hudson started in the minors with Stanford of the Florida State League in 1938, and posted an 11-7 mark. The next year he posted 24 wins and a .857 won/loss pct., to lead the same league in wins and percentage.
Sid Hudson was the Washington Senators' mound stalwart and in his first season, at age 23, (1940), the flame-throwing Hudson caulked up 17 wins in 252 innings. He completed 19 of 31 games he started for a Senator team that finished in 7th place at 64-90. That same year, he hurled two one-hitters and in the first game of a doubleheader on Sept 2, Hudson out pitched 'Hall of Fame' legend "Lefty" Grove 1-0 in 13 innings in one of baseball's all-time classic pitching duels.
After making the All-Star team in 1941 and again in 1942, the then 25-year-old Sid Hudson served in the military during World War II. He returned to the Senators in time for the '46 season and continued his previous successes - and even worked through nagging sore back muscles. In '48 Hudson posted a 14-14 record for a Senator club that went 56-97, last in the AL.
Even though he was well-liked by the Senator fans, Hudson was traded to the Boston Red Sox on June 10, 1952. After two seasons in Boston, he retired and then served as a Red Sox scout. He returned to Washington and was a minor league instructor for the Senators from 1965-1967 and later served for both the expansion Senators and Texas Rangers.
Sid Hudson career stats: 104-152, .406 pct., 4.28 ERA in 380 Games, 279 GS, 123 GC, 11 Shutouts, only allowed 2384 hits in 2181 innings, 734 Ks, 835 Ws and a fine .345 on-base-pct. Baseballhistorian.com - All Rights Reserved - Sid Hudson
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