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WATCH: Cubs surprise Pat Hughes with Hall of Fame induction

2 years agoTony Andracki

Pat Hughes is such a pro, he couldn’t even stop doing play-by-play during his own Hall of Fame induction announcement.

The Cubs announced the new class of Hall of Fame Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, utilizing a unique way to break the news to Hughes, one of the recipients.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney joined the 670 The Score radio booth in the 3rd inning and the interaction was simulcast on Marquee Sports Network.

Kenney and Hughes initially discussed the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and the 2023 MLB schedule before Kenney brought up the topic of the Hall of Fame.

First up was National Baseball Hall of Famer Buck O’Neil, who spent more than three decades with the Cubs organization as a coach and scout. Kenney also announced former Cubs outfielder José Cardenal, who spent 6 years with the team and hit .296 with 129 stolen bases in that span.

Kenney then surprised Hughes live on air by asking the longtime voice of the Cubs to read the last recipient, sliding him a sheet of paper in the booth.

“I think it says — this is me going in to the Hall of Fame?” Hughes said. “I don’t even know what to say. Thank you. I’m greatly pleased.”

Hughes began by thanking his colleagues, including broadcast partner Ron Coomer.

“I’m so pleased I can’t even believe it,” Hughes said. “I know I have to focus on play-by-play so I’m gonna keep doing that.”

“I think the play-by-play can stop for a second there, partner,” Ron Coomer quipped as the booth laughed.

2022 represents Hughes’ 40th season in baseball and his 27th with the Cubs. He has broadcast nearly 7,000 live games and was named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year 9 times.

“My first year here, Harry Caray would join Ron Santo on me on Cubs Radio whenever Cubs television was preempted for a network telecast,” Hughes said shortly after he received the news. “He had the day off, but Harry Caray came. He loved radio, so he would sit in between Ron Santo and me and I would say coming back from a commercial, ‘Along with Hall of Famer Harry Caray and Ron Santo, it’s Pat Hughes at Wrigley.’

“And sometimes I would have to stop, thinking, ‘How did I get here?’ And I had that same feeling a few minutes ago. How did I get here? I can’t explain. It’s just kind of — it’s almost surreal.”

The Cubs also had a surprise for Cardenal, as celebrity fan Eddie Vedder let him know in a Zoom call (while wearing a Marquee vest, no less!):

Watch the entire wholesome moment with Hughes in the video above.

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