Charles Lynn Hudson (born March 16, 1959 in Ennis, Texas), is a retired Major League Baseball player who pitched primarily as a starting pitcher from 1983 to 1989.

Charles Hudson
Born: (1959-03-16) March 16, 1959 (age 60)
Ennis, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 1983, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1989, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record50–60
Earned run average4.14


A graduate of South Oak Cliff High School,[1] Hudson attended Prairie View A & M University (Texas A & M University System). Hudson was drafted in 1981 by the Philadelphia Phillies, and joined the major league team as a starter in 1983. He started two games in the 1983 World Series as a rookie and was the losing pitcher in both games.[2] In 1987, Hudson was traded to the New York Yankees for Tom Barrett and Mike Easler. He played for the Yankees for two seasons, then was traded again to the Detroit Tigers for Tom Brookens.

In August 1989, Hudson, driving drunk, slammed his Mercury Cougar into a telephone pole in a Detroit suburb. He broke his left leg and his right knee needed reconstructive surgery. Hudson would later discuss how he began to drink as he struggled in his baseball career. He was invited to spring training in 1995 by the Chicago Cubs.[3]

Hudson and Bob Finley are the only two natives of Ennis to make the Major Leagues.[4]


  1. ^ 1987 Topps baseball card # 191
  2. ^ 1983 World Series - BAL vs. PHI -
  3. ^ John Harper (1995-02-22). "A Crash-Course Cubbie". New York Daily News.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "The Fans Speak Out". Baseball Digest. February 1996. p. 10.