|Billy Herman ranks as one of the best hitting second basemen in baseball history. In 15 major league seasons, Herman lined 2345 hits, batted over .300 eight times and scored 100 or more runs in eight different seasons.
His best seasons were with the Chicago Cubs from 1931-1941. Batting in the number two spot in the order, 'The Louisville Cornell' in 1935 batted .341, scored 113 runs and led the NL in hits 227 and doubles with 57. He helped the Cubs win pennants in 1932, 1935 and 1938. Herman played in ten straight All-Star games 1934-1943, hitting a NL record .433 with 13 for 30.
He was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in mid-1941 and helped them win their first pennant in over 20 years. On defensive, Billy Herman tied a NL record for most years leading 2nd basemen in putouts (7). He led the league in assists three times and with his aggressive fielding range also led the NL in errors four times.
Herman was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975 and he managed the Red Sox in 1965-1966.
Billy Herman career: .304 BA, 2345 hits, 486 D's, 82 T's, 47 HRs, 1163 runs, 839 RBI's and a fine .367 on-base-pct. baseballhistorian.com - Archives