After making his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1931, Billy Herman quickly established himself as one of the premier 2nd basemen in the National League. While an outstanding defensive player, he was a consistent .300 hitter for the Cubs (1931-41), Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-46), Boston Braves (1946) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1947). He missed the 1944 & 1945 seasons serving in the military during World War II. He was a 10 time All-Star and a member of the Chicago pennant-winning clubs of 1932, ’35 & ’38, as well as Brooklyn’s 1941 National League champs. In 1935, he had his finest season hitting .341 with 227 hits and 57 doubles. He finished his career with a .304 batting average and 1710 hits, while batting over .300 nine times. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1975.
March 9, 2015