Herbert Loren Bain
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut June 23, 1945
- Final Game July 4, 1945
- Born July 4, 1922 in Staples, MN USA
- Died November 24, 1996 in Chetek, WI USA
Minnesota native Loren Bain spent seven seasons in professional baseball. Six of those were in the minors, from 1940 to 1948, and a short stint was in the major leagues in 1945. During his minor league run, the right-hander would pitch his way to three double-digit winning years.
In his first season in the minors with the LaCrosse Blackhawks of the class D Wisconsin State League, he had a 10-4 record and a 3.25 ERA. Bain would come right back in 1941 with a 15-8 year with a 3.06 ERA for the Eau Claire Bears of the class C Northern League. Loren would step up to AA ball (then the highest tier of the minors) in 1944 with the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association and win 11 times but lose 17, with his highest ERA while in the minors at 5.44.
Bain got his chance at the major league hitters in 1945, with the New York Giants, making his debut on June 23, 1945. He would appear in 3 games during the next several days, pitching 8 innings and giving up 7 runs for a 7.88 ERA. His final appearance was on July 4. This was his sum-total for his big league time. Loren was out of baseball for the rest of the '45 season and also the '46 and '47 years.
Loren made an attempt at a come-back in the game during the 1948 season with the Richmond Colts of the class B Piedmont League. The 25-year-old went 6-8 with a 3.37 ERA in 18 appearances and this was his last try on a professional mound. During his minor league run, he chalked up a 59-56 record and a 3.93 ERA while appearing in 173 games.
After baseball, he worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Minneapolis, MN for 25 years, retiring to Chetek, WI in 1978. He passed away at the Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, WI on November 24, 1996. Herbert Loren Bain was 74 years of age.