Hughie (Browntown) Jennings

1986, State Inductee
About This Inductee
  • Wyoming Valley native
  • 1890 with Baltimore Orioles, won 3 straight pennants
  • Also played with Louisville, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Detroit
  • 1896 was top season, hitting .398, stealing 73
  • Played in 1,285 games with 259 stolen bases, .314 career batting average
  • Managed Detroit Tigers to 3 championships
  • Elected to Cornell, St. Bonaventure Halls of Fame
  • 1945 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Inducted into PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2000


Hughie Jennings was a star hitter and baserun-ner before becoming a standout manager in the big leagues. In the 1890s he blossomed as a great shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles, helping them win three straight pennants. A constant threat at the plate, his top season on the way to a .314 career batting average was 1896. That year, he hit .398, stole 73 bases and set a record in his specialty — being hit by pitched balls 49 times. After his playing days, he managed the Detroit Tigers to three championships. Jennings died in 1928 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1945.