Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Baseball Birthday...Harry Heilmann

Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday! of former big league batting champion and Baseball Hall of Famer Harry Heilmann.

Harry Edwin Heilmann  was born in San Francisco, California on August 3, 1894.

The Tigers purchased Heilmann for $1,500 in 1914 from the Poftland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.

Heilmann is a Tigers legend, part of the best American League outfield in the 1920s along with Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Heinie Manush.

From 1923 through 1927, Ty Cobb s last year in Detroit,  the Tigers entire starting outfield of Manush, Heilmann, and Cobb, were all future big league HOF players.

Heilmann is also famous for winning four A.L. batting titles in odd numbered years, 1921-23-25-27.

In 1999 the Detroit Tigers were playing at old Tiger Stadium for the last time ever, a weekend wraparound series against the Kansas City Royals.

On the last Sunday ever in the grand old ballpark I had the opportunity to meet former Detroit Free Press writer, the legandary Joe Falls.

Mr. Falls talked old school  baseball, the Tigers, and the great Tigers batting champion Harry Heilmann.

Heilmann was left off the Tigers All-Time team, and both of us knew it was a shame that those involved put Kirk Gibson in the team's outfield with Ty Cobb and Al Kaline.

Harry Heilmann is one of the most ignored BaseballHall of Fame players ever...his own team even dissed him in favor of an average outfielder bevause they wanted young fans involved in the All-Time team selection process.

Did you know? 

Harry Heilmann was the first former big league ballplayer to become a baseball broadcaster? 

Harry Heilmann broadcast Tigers games from 1934 until his passing away from Cancer just two days before the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit in 1951.

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