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James Hughes is a retired detective from the Merrimack Police Department (New Hampshire).  He also participates in his local youth baseball league, both as a board member and coach.  He teamed up with his son, Nick Hughes, a then eleventh grader in New Hampshire. In addition to playing for the high school team, Nick played for the New Hampshire Grizzlies AAU baseball team during the 2002 season and represented the United States as a sports ambassador in Australia during the 2003 "People to People" games". The father and son team co-authored Hey Dad, Wanna Play Catch? and Hey Dad, Wanna Pitch to Me?. 

According to the book description of, Hey Dad, Wanna Pitch to Me? “For their second book, father and son have teamed up again to share their baseball knowledge with kids of all ages. Five easy-to-read chapters offer hitting tips that every youngster should know and learn to become a better hitter. Included in each chapter are photos and words of encouragement from 36 former major league baseball players, who have a genuine interest in today's young baseball players.”

One reader of Hey Dad, Wanna Play Catch? said, “Old Time baseball players give advice to kids. Most of these guys played in the 30's, 40's, and 50's. It's interesting to read about them and what they have to say. Book includes simple baseball tips (non-technical), and illustrated by kids.”

Another reader of Hey Dad, Wanna Play Catch? said, “I picked up the book, at a local Borders Books and Music store, and found it to be a great gift for kids who like baseball.”

Hey Dad, Wanna Play Catch?
Nick Hughes  More Info

Hey Dad, Wanna Pitch to Me?
Jim Hughes  More Info

About the Merrimack Police Department

Research through the Town of Merrimack Annual Reports, show that as far back as 1893, the Town of Merrimack had some sort of Law Enforcement in place.  It was in 1893 that the Town of Merrimack actually had a town resident appointed to serve as a Law Enforcer. There were two men named to that post which was titled "Constable an Ballot Clerk". They were Mr. Lewis J. Read and Mr. G.E. Blanchard. They were paid $6.00 each for their services that year.


From 1893 to 1940, there were no "Police Officers", per se.  The persons charged with enforcing laws were called "Constables". For most of those years, there were three men who responded when the need arose.


In 1940, the Town of Merrimack began its very first Police Department with its first Police Chief. In 1940, under the direction of Chief O'Leary, the Police Department budget was $379.19. There were four Officers, all on a part-time status. During that year, there were a total of 253 calls for service.




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