Ray Herbert, who won 20 games for the White Sox and was an All-Star in 1962, passed away at the age of 93.
Herbert pitched for the Tigers (1950-1951, 1953-1954, missed 1952 due to military service during Korean Conflict), Kansas City A’s (1955, 1958-1961), White Sox (1961-1964) and Phillies (1965-1966).
In that 1962 season, he was 20-9, 3.27, ERA+ 120 and finished 29th in MVP voting.
Herbert led the AL in shutouts in 1963 with 7.
For his career, Herbert was 104-107, 4.01, ERA+ 96. His 162-game average was 11-11, 4.01.
On August 12, 1964, Herbert started against Mel Stottlemyre at Yankee Stadium. It was Stottlemyre’s first MLB game, and the Yankees and Stottlemyre beat Herbert and the White Sox, 7-3.
In his first MLB at bat, Stottlemyre singled off of Herbert.
In the bottom of the fourth, with the Yankees trailing 2-1, Mickey Mantle led off the inning with a long fly to CF. Mantle, knowing the dimensions of the Stadium, threw down his bat in disgust, only to watch the ball go over the 461′ sign and 23′ high screen for what was said to be a 502′ home run. Granted there was a strong wind blowing out that day, but still…
As Stottlemyre said when he saw Mantle throw down his bat in disgust, “If that ain’t far enough for him, what is?” Of course, Mickey didn’t think it would carry that far. (See below photo). Mantle hit another HR that day, not off of Herbert but off Frank Baumann. Besides Mantle’s 2 HR that day, Clete Boyer hit one off Herbert, and Roger Maris hit one off of Don Mossi. Stottlemyre pitched a complete game victory.
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