Gary Hughes (left) former MLB scout for the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks worked in baseball for over 54 years is seen here with Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (right). Hughes son is married to Counsell’s sister keeping baseball in the family. Hughes passed away Sat Sep 19, 2020 at age 79. This photo was taken on Aug 21, 2017 and in the bottom left hand corner seated in the Brewers dugout is former SF Examiner reporter Jorge Ortiz. (file photo taken by AP reporter Janie McCauley)
Gary Hughes: A Scout and A Gentleman
By Amaury Pi-González
OAKLAND–Gary Hughes, longtime baseball scout passed today here in the Bay Area at the age of 79 of cancer. Popular and always affable, Gary a true All-Star baseball man who always had a kind word and never stopped talking baseball. He will be missed.
Personally, I will miss him because of all the baseball conversations we always had. A couple of years ago as I was broadcasting and A’s game at the Coliseum, he showed up in my broadcast booth, in the middle of the game to bring me a Rafael (Felo) Ramírez bobble head, the Spanish Voice of the Miami Marlins, Hall of Famer who passed away in Miami in 2017. Gary knew Felo, who was my mentor and somebody whom I used to listen to in Cuba as a kid. I had the privilege to work with Felo in 1998 during an NLCS for the USA and Latin American Spanish radio network.
I always called Gary the “Mayor of Key West”, because that was his favorite spot when he was not working. Great priceless memories of him talking about Cuban players, although not Cuban, he knew the history as good as anybody I knew. And I always enjoyed mentioning names of Cuban players from the past. Although he was not fond of the baseball situation in Cuba, he used to smile every time I tell him “You cannot get any closer to Cuba, than in Key West”.
Gary signed John Elway, to play in the NY Yankees organization, he was very proud of that, although Elway chose to play football. The quarterback for the Denver Broncos is in the NFL Hall of Fame.
He will be missed by countless people he touched with his experience and knowledge especially in the great game of baseball. Truly a nice man.
Rest In Peace Gary, you were a Great Scout and Gentleman.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio play by play voice for the Oakland A’s on KIQI 1010 San Francisco LeGrande and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com