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Henry Harrison Myers

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9½", Weight 175 lb.

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" 'HI' MYERS SAVES GAME FOR DODGERS; Centre Fielder's Fast Fielding Prevents Pittsburgh from Getting More Runs." - headline of an article in the July 31, 1915 New York Times, referring to two notable plays by Myers

Hy Myers played most of his career for the Brooklyn Robins as a teammate of Zack Wheat and was a key part of pennant-winning teams in 1916 and 1920.

A New York Times article in 1915 referred to him as "Hi", while in 1922 it called him "Hy".

Myers, although his career major league OPS+ was 95, had some good years. In 1919, his best year, he led the 1919 National League in slugging, and was first in triples, first in RBI and sixth in batting average. In 1920 he was again first in triples, second in doubles, tenth in batting average and sixth in slugging. In 1916, a year in which the 1916 National League as a whole hit .247 and slugged .328, Myers hit .262 with a .381 slugging percentage, getting 14 triples.

Primarily a centerfielder, his range and fielding percentages were good.

He started in the minors in 1909, and while he played a bit in the majors in 1909 and 1911, was primarily a minor-leaguer from 1909-13 and half of 1914. Playing for Sioux City in 1910 and half of 1912, he hit around .340 each year.

After baseball, he ran a farm, had an insurance agency, was a guard in a steel mill and worked as a cashier in a bank. Source: SABR biogaphy of Hi Myers.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1919)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (1919)
  • 2-time NL Triples Leader (1919 & 1920)
  • NL RBI Leader (1919)

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