Heilmann, Harry

Harry Edwin Heilmann
Born: August 3, 1894, San Francisco, California
Died: July 9, 1951, Southfield, Michigan
Played For: 
Detroit Tigers (1914, 1916-1929), Cincinnati Reds (1930-1931)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1952

Rogers Hornsby and Ed Delahanty are the only right-handed batters to surpass Harry Heilmann's .342 lifetime batting average. Teaming with the Detroit Tigers' Ty Cobb, his manager and mentor, Heilmann won four batting titles between 1921-27 with averages of .394, .403, .393 and .398; he came within nine hits of hitting .400 each year. After his 17-year playing career ended, he broadcast Tigers games for another 17 years.

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Did You Know: 
that in July of 1916, Harry Heilmann saved the life of a woman who nearly drowned in the Detroit River?
Harry Heilmann was one of the most marvelous men I ever met in baseball and one of the greatest right-handed hitters. He had a choppy stroke, but powerful. He was a tough man to pitch to.
Ted Lyons