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Billy Herman

Billy Herman

Position(s):
2B, 1B, 3B
Born:
July 7, 1909
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-29-1931 with CHN
Hall of Fame:
1975

Intro

Billy Herman drew the unenviable task of replacing Rogers Hornsby at second base for the Cubs in 1932. He appeared in the World Series every three years from 1932 to 1941, but never won a ring. He made ten All-Star teams and teamed with Billy Jurges to form one of the finest double play duos in baseball history. Like many middle-infielders, Herman was less effective after his 30th birthday, but he still had a very good career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975 by the Veteran's Committee.

Best Season

Just 25-years old, Herman played every game, hitting .341 with a .476 slugging percentage. He laced a league-leading 227 hits (one of three times he reached the 200-mark) and 57 doubles while scoring 101 runs for the pennant-winning Cubs. He finished behind teammate Gabby Hartnett and Dizzy Dean and Arky Vaughan in MVP voting.

Factoid 1

Billy Herman managed the National League All-Stars in the annual Old-Timers Baseball Classic in 1986 at RFK Stadium.

Factoid 2

After Billy Herman was fired by the Pirates in the midst of the 1948 season, he took an office job with a paint company in Louisville, Kentucky.

Transition

After a slow start to the 1941 season (he was batting .194), Herman was traded by the Cubs to Brooklyn for outfielder Charlie Gilbert, infielder Johnny Hudson and $65,000. On May 7, in his first game as a Dodger, Herman belted four hits.

Description

Herman was used primarily in the #2 spot in the batting order his entire career. He was considered one of the best (if not the best) hit-and-run men of his time. He was also a great bunter and rarely struck out. Defensively he led the league in assists three times, putouts seven times and in fielding average three times. He was a very solid defensive player, though his partner Billy Jurges was much better with the glove.

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1955 World Series, 1975 Hall of Fame, Baseball History, Billy Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, secondbase

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