Monday, July 2, 2012

This 'Babe' got away from Tigers

When Aaron Hill of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit for the cycle on June 29, he became the second player in the live-ball era of major-league baseball to twice in the same season have a game with a single, double, triple and home run.
The first to turn the trick? Floyd Caves (Babe) Herman, who did so while playing for Brooklyn in 1931.
Herman played part of the 1937 season with the Detroit Tigers. He appeared in only 17 games, and had 20 at-bats, for a Detroit franchise that was two years removed from winning its first World Series championship.
Herman had some superb seasons in the big leagues.
The 6-foot-4 outfielder/first baseman hit .393 with 241 hits in 1930. That year, he had 48 doubles, 11 triples and 35 home runs for Brooklyn.
From 1929 through 1932, Herman, who played for Cincinnati in '32, hit 59 triples.
Herman was property of the Tigers in 1922 when Detroit traded him and three other players to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Rip Collins and infielder Del Pratt.
Collins would go 44-40 in five seasons with the Tigers. Pratt was near the end of his career when he arrived in Detroit.
At the time they traded Herman, the Tigers were on the verge of a downturn in their fortunes, despite a roster that included outfielder Harry Heilmann, one of the better players in franchise history.
After finishing in second place in the American League in 1923 and third in 1924, the Tigers would finish no better than fourth for nine consecutive seasons beginning in 1925.
Herman broke into the majors in 1926. He wound up playing 13 seasons and had a career batting average of .324.

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