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Billy Herman
Second baseman / Manager
Born: July 7, 1909(1909-07-07)
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
Career statistics
Batting average     .304
Hits     2,345
Runs batted in     839

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • 10× All-Star selection (1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943)
Member of the National
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Induction     1975
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman (July 7, 1909 - September 5, 1992) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball during the 1930s and 1940s. He was known for his stellar defense and consistent batting. He still holds many National League defensive records for second basemen.


Early life

Born in New Albany, Indiana, the year after William Jennings Bryan was defeated for U.S. President for the third and final time, Herman attended New Albany High School.

Major League career

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

After a sub-standard offensive year in 1940, Herman was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941. He had one of his finest offensive season in 1943, when he batted .330 with a .398 on base percentage and 100 runs driven in.

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. He managed in the minor leagues, then became a major league coach with the Dodgers (1952-57), Braves (now in Milwaukee) (1958-59), and Boston Red Sox (1960-64), before managing the Red Sox to lackluster records in 1965 and 1966; his 1965 Boston club lost 100 games. After his firing by the Red Sox in September 1966, he coached for the California Angels (1967) and San Diego Padres (1978-79) and served in player development roles with the Oakland Athletics and the Padres.

Herman finished his career with a .304 batting average, 1163 runs scored, 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 as a player (although he was a coach on the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers). His record as a major league manager was 189-274 (.408).

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.


Herman's granddaughter is Cheri Daniels, wife of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels[1].

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Preceded by
Spud Davis
Pittsburgh Pirates manager
Succeeded by
Bill Burwell
Preceded by
Johnny Pesky
Boston Red Sox manager
Succeeded by
Pete Runnels


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