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William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman (July 7 1909 - September 5 1992) was an Americanmarker 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 Albanymarker, Indianamarker, 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 with the Chicago Cubs and asserted himself as a star the following season, by having 206 hits, 102 runs and a .314 batting average. A fixture in the Chicago lineup over the next decade, Herman was a consistent hitter and solid producer. He regular hit .300 or higher (and as high as .341 in ) and drove in a high of 93 runs in .

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

Herman missed the and seasons to serve in World War II, but returned to play in with the Dodgers and Boston Braves (after being traded mid-season). He was traded again prior to the 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 and ; 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. His final record as a major league manager was 189-274 (.408).

Herman finished his career with a .304 batting average, 1163 runs, 47 home runs, 839 RBI and a minuscule 428 strikeouts. He won four National League pennants (in , , and ) 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 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 Famemarker in .


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

See also


  1. Indiana First Lady bio

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