Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#377 Herm Winningham

About the Front: "Winningham" might seem like a long surname, but at 10 letters, it's not even the longest in this set. William Pennyfeather, Sherard Clinkscales, and Mark Strittmatter lurk in Series Two, with a dozen letters each.

About the Back: Not only did Herm "see action" in the 1990 postseason, but he started in right field for the Reds in Game Two of the NLCS. He went 2-for-4, doubled, stole a base, and scored the winning run in a 2-1 contest.

Triple Play:

1. His middle name is "Son".

2. Winningham's first career home run was a solo shot off of future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley on April 12, 1985.

3. After his playing career ended, he returned home to Orangeburg, SC, where he coached high school baseball.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: How could this guy not have been an impact player? He had "Win" right there in his name!

Bill James Said: Since Herm split the 1993 season between AAA Pawtucket and Norfolk, batting .254/.328/.370 in his final year of pro baseball, he didn't appear in Bill James' guide.

On This Date in 1993: February 18. Professional wrestler Kerry Von Erich, facing time in prison following a second arrest on drug charges, commits suicide by gunshot on his father's ranch in Denton, TX. He was 33.

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