Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann
Birthdate 8/3/1894
Death Date 7/9/1951
Debut Year 1914
Year of Induction 1952
Teams Reds, Tigers
Positions First Base, Right Field

Harry Heilmann is one of only six American League players to hit .400 for a season. From 1921-27 he averaged .380 with a .452 on-base percentage.

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Despite an outstanding career Harry Heilmann is one of baseball's forgotten greats

Despite an outstanding career Harry Heilmann is one of baseball's forgotten greats

Harry Heilmann won four batting crowns with averages of .403, .398, .394, and .393. During his peak from 1921-1927 he averaged 116 runs batted in, 41 doubles, 11 triples, and 104 runs. His slash line of .380/.452/.584 resulted in a 167 OPS+. Only six American Leaguers have topped the .400 mark ̵
After retiring as a player, Heilmann went into the Detroit broadcast booth

After retiring as a player, Heilmann went into the Detroit broadcast booth

Though Harry Heilmann’s playing career ended in 1932, he remained close to the Tigers and baseball. Starting in 1934 he was the play-by-play man for Detroit for 17 years. The previous image showed Heilmann’s signature on a voernment postcard. The image above reveals a postmark that gives
Heilman played 15 years in Detroit and announced for the Tigers for 17 more

Heilman played 15 years in Detroit and announced for the Tigers for 17 more

In the collection is this 1922 exhibit card featuring Detroit slugger Harry Heilmann. Eight seasons of 100+ runs batted in helped Heilmann compile 1,540 career RBI. A Major Leaguer from 1914-1932, Heilmann received votes in Most Valuable Player Award balloting in seven different seasons. The right f

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