Monday, May 27, 2013

In Memoriam: 'Ducky' and Hersh

Reading through a recent Baseball America, I saw where two former Braves died in March of this year.

Custom Robert "Ducky" Detweiler
'Ducky' Detweiler, a former third baseman for the Boston Braves, died on March 17th, 2013 at the age of 94.

Detweiler made his major  league debut in 1942 as a late season call up after hitting .341 for Evansville. Playing in 12 games for Boston, Ducky hit .318 (14-44) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 RBI. He then entered the military the following season and returned to baseball in 1946. Upon his return, Detweiler would play in only one more major league game- going 0-1 against the Cubs on June 1st. He did play six more seasons in the minors, however, with three of them spent as a player/manager. 

Custom Earl Hersh

Earl Hersh, who played in only 7 games in the majors for the Milwaukee Braves, died on March 8, 2013 at the age of 80. 

Hersh, who slugged 25 or more homers three times in the minors, made his major league debut after starting third baseman Eddie Mathews sprained his ankle on Labor Day, 1956. Earl would be one of only a few players to bat clean-up in his major league debut. Hitting between Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock, the left handed hitter doubled in his first at bat, and would hit three doubles over his first two games. Those two games would be the only starts during his brief time in the bigs; his other five games and at-bats came as a pinch-hitter. During his September call-up, Hersh went 3-13 over seven games. In nineteen innings in the field, Hersh only had one chance on a ball in play, which resulted in an error- leaving him with a career fielding percentage of .000


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