Dodgers: Ranking the Top 5 Right fielders in franchise History
By Sean Kaufman
3. Best Dodgers right fielders: Babe Herman
Babe Herman had a very limited skill set. He hit and that’s it. Floyd “Babe” Herman signed with the Brooklyn Robins in 1925 and made his big league debut the following year. He had a strong rookie campaign, hitting .319 with 35 doubles, 11 triples, and 11 homers.
However, fans learned that Herman’s hitting prowess came with a catch. Herman was atrocious in the field and on the basepaths, leading the league in errors and infamously being one of three Dodgers occupying third base simultaneously. Teammate Fresco Thompson even said of him “He wore a glove for one reason: It was a league custom.”
Herman was dubbed the “Headless Horseman of Ebbets Field” after being caught stealing by 48 year old catcher and player-manager Gabby Street. Defensive and baserunning gaffes aside, Herman was one of the most dangerous hitters of his era, hitting .393 doubles, 11 triples, and 35 homers in 1930.
He had an average over .300 and slugging percentage over .500 every year but one in his first Brooklyn stint. After a “down” year where he only hit .313, Herman was traded to Cincinnati. After bouncing around a few teams and hitting the first ever home run in a night game, Herman returned to the Dodgers for his age-42 season. He received a standing ovation upon his return to Ebbets Field, and proceeded to hit a single and trip over first base. Herman finished his Dodger career with a .339 average, .953 OPS, 232 doubles, 66 triples, and 112 homers.