Former Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Gene Hermanski passes away at age 90
Nonagenarian Gene Hermanski, who played in the major leagues for nine seasons and for the Brooklyn Dodgers for seven, passed away on August 9. He is the third Brooklyn Dodger to pass away in less than a month.
Hermanski began his professional career in 1939, though he wasn’t in the minors too long—by 1943, he was in the major leagues after being granted a two-month leave from the military during World War II. Though short, his initial stay in the big leagues was productive—he hit .300 in 72 at-bats.
He returned to the Dodgers a few seasons later and set course on what grew to be a solid major league career. A good eye at the plate was to become known of him, as he walked 289 times in his career—with only 212 strikeouts. Though not a power hitter or a speedster, he hit and stole as many as 15 home runs and bases in a season, respectively.
He was also a contributing factor in two World Series efforts by the Dodgers, both against the New York Yankees. In the first, 1957, he scored four runs and hit a triple, though it could not help the Dodgers overcome the Yankee behemoth. He hit .308 with a triple and two RBI in the 1959 World Series, though it was for naught as well.
Following his time with the Dodgers, he stayed a spell with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.
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