Harry Heilmann played his first 15 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, 1914 through 1929, and his last two with the Cincinnati Reds, 1930 and 1932. He did not play in the 1931 season. His career totals are 2660 hits, 542 doubles, 151 triples, 183 home runs and 1537 RBI. His lifetime batting average was .342, the 8th highest number for any player whose career started after 1900. He also won four batting titles, oddly enough in odd numbered years; 1921, 1923, 1925, and 1927. The averages for those seasons were .394, .403, .393, and .398, respectively, an astounding output in any career. Heilmann came by his nickname honestly. Fellow players called him “Slug”. After his career as a player was over he moved into the broadcast booth as the play-by-play man for the Tigers radio network.
August 14, 2014