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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ex-White Sox catcher Ed Herrmann dies at 67

RIP…Ed Herrmann.

Former major league catcher Ed Herrmann, who played for the White Sox for seven seasons from 1967-1974, died Sunday morning at 67. He had battled prostate cancer for years, family friend and former teammate Bill Melton said.

Herrmann played 11 major league seasons with the Sox, Yankees, Angels, Astros and Expos and was named an All-Star in 1974. Melton said Herrmann’s ability to catch knuckleball pitchers such as former Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood most stuck out from his career.

Melton, a former Sox third baseman, remembered Herrmann as a popular and easygoing player who insisted on playing every day, even when his allergies grew so bad his eyes were swollen.

“His famous words were, ‘I’ll be all right,’” Melton said. “You never could get him out of the lineup. He never complained. ‘They’ll be all right.’ That’s the way he was.”

He remained the same as he battled cancer, Melton said.

After he retired from playing, Herrmann stayed involved in baseball as a scout, tutor, coach and manager of youth teams, according to his website, He also helped Melton at Sox fantasy camps.

“Really his whole life was about baseball,” Melton said.

Repoz Posted: December 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Benji Posted: December 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM (#4622724)
Being a Met fan in the 70's meant you had to find an AL team to root for too, so I chose the White Sox. I always felt sorry for Ed. He not only had to deal with Wood, they went and got Eddie Fisher too. RIP Ed.
   2. Bruce Markusen Posted: December 23, 2013 at 12:53 AM (#4622731)
Along with Mike Scioscia, Herrmann was one of the great plateblockers. Just ask Campy Campaneris, who once tried to knock "Hoggy" over but probably regretted it.

Herrmann was a good defensive catcher, had some power, and was very popular with his teammates. I had a chance to interview him two years ago and really enjoyed it. He told me that on a couple of occasions people confused him with the character actor Edward Herrmann, who once played Branch Rickey.
   3. asinwreck Posted: December 23, 2013 at 01:02 AM (#4622734)
Damn good catcher who (aside from the knuckleballers) had the misfortune to be on the Sox when the 1960s core aged. Was a bright light in the horrid 1970 season. After the Dick Allen/Chuck Tanner renaissance, the Allyn family's finances went south and they got rid of the union rep. Took the better part of a decade to replace him, two owners later, with Carlton Fisk.

He'd been bedridden since August fighting metastatic prostate cancer. RIP.
   4. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4622812)
*sigh* One of my favorite players as a kid, for no particular reason other than the fact that something about his 1970 & 1971 baseball cards (first two years I bought them) I liked a lot.

   5. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4622826)
Don't remember too much from his brief stay in Houston, but he had a pretty good year as a back up to Joe Ferguson in 1977.
I do remember liking him because he was supposedly one of the slowest runners in baseball. RIP Ed.
   6. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 23, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4622959)
Herrmann's website has a picture of Campaneris spiking him in the thigh on a play at the plate. I'm pretty sure that picture was in the White Sox history book "Who's on Third?" and it was hanging in old Comiskey.

He was one of my mom's favorite players because she said people like Campaneris would go flying into him and bounce off without Herrmann seeming to notice. Her favorite basketball player was Walt Frazier who she said would go flying into other plays and bounce off without them seeming to notice. She didn't care for football.
   7. oscarmadisox Posted: December 23, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4623006)
Jerry Girard, the sports anchor for WPIX in New York in the 1970s, said that Herrmann was so slow that he once went from first to third on a triple.

   8. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4623036)
If Herrmann, Ernie Lombardi, Gus Triandos & the Molinas competed in a foot race, who would win?

Nobody, I presume.
   9. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 23, 2013 at 04:21 PM (#4623044)
If Herrmann, Ernie Lombardi, Gus Triandos & the Molinas competed in a foot race, who would win?
Right now, the Molinas would be slight favorites.

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