Hugh Duffy

Birth Name:
Hugh Duffy
Birth Date:
November 26, 1866
Birth Place:
Cranston, Rhode Island
Death Date:
October 19, 1954
Place of Death:
709 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Cemetery Name:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Hugh Duffy was an American outfielder and manager in Major League Baseball. He was a player or player-manager for the Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Pirates, Boston Reds, Boston Beaneaters, Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies between 1888 and 1906. A textile mill worker who had taken up baseball as a semipro for a weekend diversion, Hugh Duffy went on to set the MLB single-season record for batting average (.440 if you were wondering). In fact, from 1891 through 1900, Duffy knocked in 100 runs or more eight times. In 1894 Duffy had one of the greatest seasons in baseball history, leading the league with 18 home runs, with 145 RBI and a .440 batting average (see Major League Baseball Triple Crown). Duffy's .440 average is the major league single-season batting average record. At one point during the season, Duffy had a 26-game hitting streak. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945. He worked for the Boston Red Sox until 1953 when that year, Nora Duffy died, bringing to a close a happy but childless 57-year marriage. Hugh, suffering from prostate cancer, succumbed to a fatal heart attack at his home in the Brighton section of Boston on October 19, 1954.

Fun Fact

Both Tommy McCarthy and Hugh Duffy played together on the same Boston team and became lifelong friends and, for a time, partners in a popular Boston bowling alley/saloon. Tommy and Hugh are both buried here at the same cemetery. Tommy McCarthy can be found in Section 9, Range 26, Grave 74.

Duffy capped off his career as a Red Sox coach in the 1930s, tutoring a player he described as “the best hitter I ever saw.” That hitter was Ted Williams.



Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Mount Calvary Cemetery

366 Cummins Highway

Roslindale, Massachusetts, 02131


North America


Map of Mount Calvary Cemetery in Roslindale Massachusetts

Grave Location:

Section 3, Lot 45, Grave 4

Grave Location Description

Drive through the cemetery until you come to the intersections of Sections 3, 4, 14 and Hawthorn Path at the corner of Maple Avenue and Consecration Avenue. Look into Section 3 right on the road at the tallest monument you can find and you have found the final resting place of Boston’s very own boxing legend John L. Sullivan. Now continue walk down the hill a short distance and look to your right for the Moore/Duffy upright marble monument just 20 feet off the road.

Grave Location GPS

42.27668930485, -71.10879562852

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