Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hall of Famer Billy Herman played, managed in Cuban League

July 7: On this day in 1909, Hall of Famer Billy Herman was born in New Albany, Ind.

Herman, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. by the Veterans Committee in 1975, played for Marianao in 1930 and managed Cienfuegos for three seasons in the Cuban League from 1950-53.

His best managerial finish in Cuba came in 1951-52, when he led the Elefantes to  second place. As a manager in the majors, Herman was at the helm of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947 and the Boston Red Sox from 1964-66, never finishing higher than seventh.

But he put together his Hall of Fame résumé as a player from 1931-47 with the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and Pirates. In 15 major-league seasons, Herman (depicted in this Cuban postcard) was a career .304 hitter.

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