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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Billy Herman, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1975.


Photo courtesy of Icon SMI 

The Numbers
Played 1931-1947 (15 Seasons)
1922 Games
7707 At Bats
.304 Batting Average
1163 Runs 
2345 Hits
486 Doubles (59th All-time)
82 Triples
47 HRs
839 RBI
737 Walks
67 SBs

Seven .300 Seasons
Five 100+ Run Seasons
Three 200+ Hit Seasons
Eleven 30+ Double Seasons (57 Doubles twice)
Two 10+ Triple Seasons
One 100+ RBI Seasons

World Series:  18 Games, 16 of 66 (.242), 9 Runs, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 Walks

Awards
10 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 7 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 5 Times
On-base % - 3 Times
Slugging % – Once
OPS - 3 Times
Games - 8 Times (Led league in 1932, 1938 & 1942)
At Bats -9 Times
Runs - 6 Times
Hits - 10 Times (Led league in 1935)
Doubles - 11 Times (Led league in 1935)
Triples - Twice (Led league in 1939)
Total Bases - 5 Times
Extra-base Hits - 5 Times
RBI - 3 Times
Walks – 3 Times
Hit by Pitch – Twice
Stolen Bases – Twice

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 9 (245) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 134 (124) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 36.9 (173) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 146.5 (86) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

Billy was a Doubles machine, hitting 57 in back-to-back seasons in 19353 & 1936, which still ranks as the 10th best single-season number.  He was consistently among the league leaders in several offensive positions, including Batting Average, Hits, Doubles, Runs, and Total Bases.  The fact that he played Second Base for the majority of his career makes it easy overlook his lack of power numbers.  Considering the shoes he had to fill (Rogers Hornsby), I’d say he did an excellent job.  He led the league in putouts seven times, as well as assists and fielding percentage three times.  While his numbers don’t blow me away, he has proven himself worthy of the HOF.

References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library


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