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Hugh Max "Hal" Luby (June 13, 1913 – May 4, 1986) was an American professional baseball third baseman, second baseman, manager and front-office excutive. Apart from two trials in Major League Baseball with the 1936 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1944 New York Giants, Luby spent his career in minor league baseball. Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, Luby grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and briefly attended Creighton University.[1][2] He threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall and weighed 185 lb (84 kg).

Luby the player was a fixture in the Pacific Coast League, performing as a regular for the Oakland Oaks (1938-43) and San Francisco Seals (1946-48), and batting over .300 three times. As an Oakland Oak, Luby played in 866 consecutive games and never missed a game between 1939 and 1943.[3] Overall, Luby played all or parts of 24 seasons in professional baseball. In 120 games for the Athletics and Giants, he batted .247 with two home runs and 38 runs batted in in 361 at bats. During his long minor league career, however, he batted .296 in 2,824 games, and amassed 3,165 hits. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.[4]

In 1949, Luby began his off-field career as a manager in the farm system of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Named skipper of the unaffiliated Salem Senators of the Class A Western International League for 1951, Luby began a long tenure as a key figure in professional baseball in the Pacific Northwest. He served as manager and general manager of the Senators and Eugene Emeralds of the WIL, president of the Northwest League (the WIL's identity after 1954), and GM of the Emeralds when, as members of the Pacific Coast League, they were the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Hugh Luby died in Eugene, Oregon, at the age of 72.


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