Class of 2021
Pat Hughes

Virgil Patrick “Pat” Hughes, originally from San Jose, California, attended Branham High School before graduating from San Jose State University in 1978 with a degree in Radio/TV Journalism. Since 1996, he has been the radio play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs, boasting an impressive 39-year tenure as a Major League Baseball announcer. Hughes began his broadcasting journey in 1983 as a television play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Twins. Subsequently, he spent 12 years in Milwaukee with the Brewers, where he partnered with the renowned Bob Uecker. During this time, Hughes also lent his voice to Marquette University Men’s Basketball games alongside Al McGuire. In 1995, WGN Radio welcomed Hughes as the new voice of the Chicago Cubs. He was initially paired with National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Cub Ron Santo, with whom he formed the iconic duo known as “The Pat and Ron Show” until Santo’s passing in 2010. Following Santo’s death, Hughes teamed up with retired Cub Keith Moreland for three seasons before joining forces with fellow Chicagoland Sports Hall of Famer and former Cub Ron Coomer. Coomer and Hughes have been on-air partners for the past 8 seasons. Pat Hughes boasts an array of distinguished records as a Major League Baseball announcer. He holds the record for calling the most Chicago Cub postseason games (61) and has been part of seven no-hitters. With over 6000 MLB broadcasts under his belt, Hughes has broadcasted more Cubs games (4100+) than any other Cubs announcer. Notably, he was the first broadcaster in Chicago Cubs history to proclaim, “And the Chicago Cubs win the World Series!” In recognition of his contributions, Hughes has been a Ford Frick Award Finalist, received The Ring Lardner Award for excellence in sports journalism in 2016, and is a member of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was inducted into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame in 2014, becoming only the third sportscaster to receive such an honor. Beyond broadcasting, Hughes is a baseball historian and the sole proprietor of “Baseball Voices,” which produces commemorative audio tributes to baseball’s greatest announcers. He has been married to his wife Trish for 34 years, and they have two daughters, Janell and Amber.

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