Herman, Billy

William Jennings Herman
Born: July 7, 1909, New Albany, Indiana
Died: September 5, 1992, West Palm Beach, Florida
Played For: 
Chicago Cubs (1931-1941), Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-1943, 1946), Boston Braves (1946), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1975

As a stellar defensive second baseman, Billy Herman starred on four pennant-winning clubs with the Cubs and Dodgers in the 1930s and '40s. Herman still holds many fielding records, including most putouts in a season by a National League second baseman. He also led the loop's second basemen in putouts seven times. A master of the hit-and-run play, he batted over .300 eight times and was a 10-time All-Star.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Billy Herman shares the Major League record for most hits in an Opening Day game, with five on April 14, 1936?
He was a wonderful fielder and as great a hit-and-run batter as I have ever seen. I can't remember anyone who could handle the inside pitch to right field better than Herman.
Charley Grimm