Thursday, April 25, 2013

no. 169 - ed herrmann

Who is the man: Ed Herrmann had just completed the most successful season of his major league career at the time this card came out. He hit 19 home runs in just 297 at-bats in 1970, batting .283.

Can ya dig it: I have no idea why Herrmann is positioned off to the right in the photo. It's like the photographer wanted you to focus on the rag hanging from a hook in the dugout.

Right on: The blue White Sox uniforms look so strange.

You see this cat Herrmann is a bad mother: Herrmann tied a record for double plays turned by a catcher in a  single game when he was involved in three against the Orioles in 1972. The White Sox turned five double plays that day, but lost the game.

Shut your mouth: Herrmann's teammates gave him the nicknames "Fort Herrmann" and "Hoggy."

No one understands him but his woman: Herrmann caught three knuckleball pitchers during his time in Chicago, Hoyt Wilhelm, Eddie Fisher and Wilbur Wood.

(A word about the back): The leading home run hitter on the White Sox in 1970, of course, was Beltin' Bill Melton with 33.

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