Thomas L. Hughes born in Coal Creek, Colorado, on January 28, 1884. was a right-handed pitcher for the Boston Braves (1914–18). He was also the brother of former major league pitcher Ed Hughes.
He helped the Braves win the 1914 World Series. His contract with Rochester was purchase by the Braves on September 5, 1914.
George Stallings was then manager of the Braves. Stallings had witnessed his performance with the Highlanders and with Rochester. And Fred Mitchell, who essentially served as Stallings’ pitching coach on the Braves, coached with Stallings on the Highlanders, then played with Hughes at Rochester in 1911. The day Hughes was purchased, the Braves were in a first-place tie with the Giants; they finished winning 27 of 34 games to sweep past New York. Hughes contributed two victories to the late-season run; his first, a complete-game 3-2 effort on September 29 against Chicago, clinched the pennant for the Braves.
It was the Braves’ first championship since the old Beaneaters took the title in 1898. Hughes won again on October 5 against Brooklyn as Stallings was clearly resting James, Rudolph, and Tyler for the World Series against the Philadelphia A’s. Even though Hughes came to the Braves late in the season, the team’s victory brought him acclaim in hometown Salida. Salida’s Mountain Mail noted,
Mr. Hughes grew up in this city, spends his winters here and has a multitude of friends who take delight in his success and who would like to see him have a chance in the World Series. His friends here have great confidence in him.
Hughes did not appear in the World Series, as the Braves dispatched the A’s in four straight games. Joining the team late, he was not eligible to receive $2,812 in World Series winning player shares. His late-season performance, however, gained him a place with the Braves for the next season.
He led the National League in Games (50), Saves (9) and Games Finished (22) in 1915 and Won-Loss percentage (.842) in 1916.
His accomplishments are being the Braves franchise career leader in WHIP (1.022) and Hits Allowed/9IP (6.77).
In 9 seasons he had a 56–39 Win-Loss record, 160 Games (87 Started), 55 Complete Games, 9 Shutouts, 59 Games Finished, 16 Saves, 863 Innings Pitched, 703 Hits Allowed, 309 Runs Allowed, 245 Earned Runs Allowed, 14 Home Runs Allowed, 235 Walks, 476 Strikeouts, 31 Hit Batsmen, 16 Wild Pitches, 3,340 Batters Faced, 2.56 ERA and a 1.087 WHIP.
He died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 77 on November 1, 1961.