Babe Herman’s 1930 season was majestic: .393 average, 35 homers, 130 runs batted in. If Herman had tallied just five more hits that season he would’ve finished with a .400 average. That would’ve punched his ticket to Cooperstown.
The outfielder’s .678 slugging percentage, 1.132 OPS, 241 hits, 416 total bases, 94 extra base hits, and 311 times on base remain Dodger franchise records as of 2021.
Herman finished his career with a .324 average, a .915 OPS, and an OPS+ of 141. Five hits in that 1930 season would’ve meant baseball immortality.
In the collection is this letter from that magical 1930 season. Signed by Dodger president Frank York on beautiful Brooklyn letterhead, the letter is written to the New York tax collector on behalf of Herman.
York served as team president from 1930-1932 and died in 1937. His letter speaks of the Brooklyn team deducting taxes from half of Herman’s salary. Herman earned the other half of his $15,000 for 1930 by playing road games.
Vintage letters almost a century old remain scarce and highly coveted.