Thomas Mitchell Herr (born April 4, 1956, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1979 to 1991 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets.
Herr started his minor league career with Johnson City in 1975. Two years later, he led the league with 156 hits, 80 runs, 50 stolen bases, and 515 at-bats while playing for St. Petersburg. Herr played in the 1982, 1985, and 1987 World Series – all with Cardinals, finishing fifth in the MVP voting and making his only appearance in the All-Star Game in 1985. During the 1985 season, he set career highs in nearly every statistical category, including an amazing 110 RBI which came along with only 8 home runs. A rare feat in the modern era of baseball, Herr remains the last NL player to drive in 100 or more runs in a season while hitting fewer than 10 home runs. Paul Molitor is the most recent AL and MLB player to drive in 100 or more runs in a season while hitting fewer than 10 home runs (9 home runs, 113 RBI in 1996).
Early in the 1988 season he was traded to the Twins for Tom Brunansky.
In a 13-season career, he batted .271 with 28 home runs and 574 RBIs in 1514 games. He had 1450 career hits in 5349 at bats. He is perhaps best remembered for hitting a walk-off grand slam in extra innings against the New York Mets on April 18, 1987. After Herr hit the grand slam many fans at Busch Stadium threw their seat cushions onto the field in celebration, alluding to Seat Cushion Night. The grand slam is also well known for Jack Buck's memorable call on KMOX radio.
- ^ Norman MacLean, ed. (1988). 1988 Who's Who in Baseball. New York: Who's Who in Baseball Magazine Company, Inc.
By Dean Hanley
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