Ed Herrmann

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Edward Martin Herrmann
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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Ed Herrmann was the grandson of pitcher Marty Herrmann. He spent most of his career with the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, finishing up as a little-used backup to future Hall of Famer Gary Carter with the Montreal Expos in 1978. In his best year with the bat, 1970, he hit 19 home runs in only 96 games, finishing second on the White Sox behind Bill Melton's 33 home runs.

Ed led the 1972 AL in intentional walks with 19. Most of these walks were to get to the extremely light-hitting combination of Luis Alvarado and Rich Morales. He was particularly adept at catching the knuckleball thrown by Wilbur Wood. In fact, in 1972, he was the starting catcher in all 49 of Wood's starts. This was the highest number of starts for a battery in a season since pitcher Hardie Henderson and catcher Sam Trott were together for 52 starts for the Baltimore Orioles of the old American Association in 1884.

Following his play days, Herrmann spent some time as a scout for the Kansas City Royals. He died at age 67 following a battle with prostate cancer.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1974)

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