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Billy Herman on the 1932 Cubs/Yankees World Series

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Billy Herman on the 1932 Cubs/Yankees World Series

When Babe Ruth pointed to center field and called his final World Series home run, Billy Herman was playing second base for the Cubs. Herman remembers how his 1932 team was completely outmatched in that series by arguably the greatest team of all time.

Billy Herman
Second baseman / Manager
Born: July 7, 1909
New Albany, Indiana
Died: October 5, 1992 (aged 83)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 29, 1931, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 1, 1947, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average .304
Hits 2,345
Home runs 47
Runs batted in 839
Managerial record 189–274
Winning % .408
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Inducted 1975
Election Method Veteran’s Committee

Billy Herman (July 7, 1909 – September 5, 1992) played second base during the 1930s and 1940s for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also managed the Pirates and the Red Sox.

Herman broke into the majors in 1931 with the Chicago Cubs and asserted himself as a star the following season, 1932 by having 206 hits, 102 runs and a .314 batting average. A fixture in the Chicago lineup over the next decade, Herman was a consistent hitter and solid producer. He regular hit .300 or higher (and as high as .341 in 1935) and drove in a high of 93 runs in 1936.

Herman missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons to serve in World War II, but returned to play in 1946 with the Dodgers and Boston Braves (after being traded mid-season). He was traded again prior to the 1947 season to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he assumed managerial duties, but only played 15 games. His final record as a major league manager was 189-274 (.408).

Herman finished his career with a .304 batting average, 1163 runs, 47 home runs, 839 RBI and a minuscule 428 strikeouts. He won four National League pennants (in 1932, 1935, 1938 and 1941) but no World Series championships, and was 189-274 as a manager.

Herman holds the National League records for most putouts in a season by a second baseman and led the league in putouts seven times. He also shares the major league record for most hits on opening day, with five, set April 14, 1936.

Herman was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

This episode originally aired October 5, 1987.

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