Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sid Hudson, 93; Pitched For Senators in 1940s- Dies

Mr. Hudson began his professional baseball career in 1939 with the Sanford Lookouts of the Class D Florida State League. He was 6-foot-4 with a good fastball, and he posted a 24-4 record and an earned-run average of 1.79. He also hit .378.

The Senators bought his contract in 1940 for $5,500. Washington Post columnist Bob Considine described Mr. Hudson as "the million-dollar beauty Clark Griffith found in the 10-cent store of baseball, the Florida State League."

Manager Bucky Harris called him "the cleverest young fellow I've seen come along since Schoolboy Rowe broke in under me with the Tigers in 1931. Fellows like him don't learn how to pitch in a couple of years. He's in an advanced stage because he's just naturally a pitcher."

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