Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes' legend has grown as possibly the greatest baseball player to swing a bat at Boston State College. Whether it was his majestic home runs, such as the 480-foot blast at Bowen Field, which was the longest homer hit there, or the fact that major league scouts would routinely attend Warriors' games to see him play. Hughes was a stellar center fielder, covering enough ground to play all three outfield spots during a game, but could also swing the lumber with a .323 (71-220) career batting average to rank among Boston State's all-time greats. He was the catalyst of the 1960 team that won the New England Teachers College Conference Championship and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament, leading the squad with a .383 batting mark and a school-record 20 runs scored as a sophomore. He helped the Warriors to a 35-18-1 (.657) record over his four-year career from 1959-62 and batted .300 or better in each season, while being named a Captain for his senior campaign. Hughes graduated in 1962 and is Boston State's career leader in run scored (49), triples (nine), runs batted in (51), slugging percentage (.588) and games played (54). Hughes spent summers among the league leaders in various semi-pro leagues in such places as Nova Scotia and South Dakota and after his graduation played in the legendary Boston Park League. He earned his masters degree from Boston State, while teaching and coaching baseball at Oliver Ames High School for 20 years and has spent the last 20 years as a Training Manager for Stone & Webster, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a recipient of the laboratory's legendary Milestone Award for establishing the first college degree program for nuclear reactor operators.