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Herbert Leroy Conyers

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Before the 1941 season Herb Conyers was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cleveland Indians. After hitting .362 at Wausau to win the class C Northern League batting title in 1942, he was in the Army Air Corps for three years flying over 50 bomber missions in the Pacific during World War II.

He then continued his strong hitting in the minors winning the 1947 class B Inter-State League batting title with a .357 average for Harrisburg, the 1948 class A Central League hitting crown for Dayton with .354, and to top things off in 1949 he won the Most Valuable Player award in the class AA Texas League for Oklahoma City where he hit a league leading .355. Also on May 15, 1949 the Oklahoma City Slugger hit four consecutive doubles as he led his club to an 11-4 win over Beaumont. Conyers collected five RBI's with his quartet of two-base hits.

After the 6' 5" left hand hitting first baseman had led four different minor leagues in hitting, Herb finally got a chance with the Cleveland Indians in 1950 and he hit .333 (3 for 9) in seven games with one of his hits a home run. This would be his only appearance in the major leagues.

Herb came back to Central Missouri State University and completed his work on his bachelor's degree in 1951 and later earned a master's degree. Conyers had been a four year basketball player for the Mules from 1938-1942. He was the second leading scorer on the Mule's MIAA championship team of 1941-42 and earned first team recognition. He also played football two years and competed in track one year during his College career. In 1995 Conyers was inducted into the Central Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Herb was a math teacher and coached the baseball and basketball teams at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, OH, where he died of cancer on September 16, 1964, at age 43.


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