Chicago Cubs radio announcer Pat Hughes eloquence on the microphone has made him synonymous with summer baseball on the North Side.
Hughes, 67, has been the air voice for a generation of Cubs fans since overtaking the role in 1996. The team will honor him for his contributions by inducting Hughes and former outfielder Jos Cardenal in to the Cubs Hall of Fame.
The late Buck ONeil a longtime scout and coach for the Cubs also earned a plaque through his election this season to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The trio will undoubtedly be inducted Sept. 10.
President of business operations Crane Kenney revealed the news headlines to Hughes through the third inning of Wednesdays radio broadcast of the Cubs 7-1 make an impression on the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
Im amazed, I must say i am. I dont know very well what to state, Hughes said afterward. How did I arrive here? I cant explain it. Its almost surreal.
Hughes said he wished his parents and former broadcast partner and Hall of Famer Ron Santo were alive for the honor. He also gave a shout-out to Ron Coomer, his partner the final nine seasons; Trish, his wife of nearly 35 years; and their two daughters.
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You always expect things such as that, however, many things are almost so lofty that you dont really dwell onto it as you dont desire to be disappointed, Hughes said. THEREFORE I didn’t sit around great deal of thought a whole lot. I thought thatd be pretty cool easily could easily get there and make the Cubs Hall of Fame. After all, who wouldnt desire to be section of a Hall of Fame of this type of great organization just like the Cubs?
The voting committee contains five National Baseball Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Lee Smith, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams and eight media members. To earn induction, a candidate must finish on the list of top two vote-getters or receive 75% of the votes. Team historian Ed Hartig helped compile the 14-person ballot.
On the list of qualifications to be looked at are playing at the very least five years for the Cubs, creating a significant contribution to the business and, for players, finishing their Cubs career by 2000 while in the franchises top 10 within their era in a minumum of one major statistical category.
The Cubs Hall of Fame, located under the left-field bleachers, was unveiled last summer. It currently features 56 plaques, which include members of the initial Cubs Hall of Fame (1982-86), their Walk of Fame (1992-98), the teams National Baseball Hall of Famers and last years honoree, Margaret Donahue.
Cardenal, 78, spent six seasons (1972-77) on the Cubs. The Cuban native hit .296 with a .363 on-base percentage and 114 OPS+ in 821 games.
Hughes becomes the 3rd broadcaster to earn an area in the Cubs Hall of Fame, joining Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray.
I really like baseball history and I really like Cubs history, Hughes said. Also to believe that Im within with only two other broadcasters that Im the 3rd is quite special.