Herb Plews

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Herb Plews
Second baseman
Born: (1928-06-14)June 14, 1928
East Helena, Montana
Died: December 12, 2014(2014-12-12) (aged 86)
Boulder, Colorado
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1956 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
July 26, 1959 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .262
Home runs 4
RBI 82
Hits 266
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Herbert Eugene Plews (June 14, 1928 – December 12, 2014) was an American Major League Baseball second baseman. He played four years in the majors, from 1956 to 1959. In the minor leagues he played for Kansas City, Binghamton, Norfolk, and Denver before hitting the majors in 1956. After 1959, Herb finished his career playing back in the minors for Toronto, Birmingham, Hawaii, Tacoma, and Arkansas, retiring in 1965. During his playing career he served in the military from 1951 to 1952, during the Korean War.[1]

Early career[edit]

On June 17, 1950, fresh off his stint in college at the University of Illinois, Plews played in his first professional baseball game for the Class AAA Kansas City Blues. He entered the game as a replacement in the 8th inning and stole a base on his first career attempt.[2] He played 13 games for the Blues, tallying 13 hits to make for a .298 batting average. Later he had a very brief stint for the Class B Quincy Gems, appearing in two games but did not record an official at bat.[1]

In January 1953, Plews was invited to attend training camp with the New York Yankees.[3] In April, it was announced he did not make the team and was also assigned to the minor league Class A Binghamton Triplets.[4] He was later moved to the Class B Norfolk Tars, where he had immediate success. Through his first 53 games in the Piedmont League, he hit for a .323 batting average, one of the highest in the league, 2nd only to teammate Jerry Lynch and his mark of .331.[5] He ended the season with a .304 average, good enough for 6th in the league, 2 home runs, and 111 hits.[6]

In March 1954, Plews and teammate Jim Ludtka accomplished the rare feat of hitting two Inside-the-park home run in a single game, hitting both off pitcher Roger Higgins of the Little Rock Travelers.[7]

In 1954 he led the Southern Association in Triples and the following year at Denver he drew the attention of the Senators who in turn got him a trade with New York.[8]

Personal[edit]

Herb attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lived in a retirement community in Boulder, Colorado until his death on December 12, 2014.[9]

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Batting Splits and Daily Batting Logs at Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "American Association". The Sporting News. 28 June 1950. p. 28. 
  3. ^ Dan Daniel (21 January 1953). "Casey's Backyard College to Include 7 Yanks as Pupils". The Sporting News. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Deals of the Week: Majors-Minors". The Sporting News. 15 April 1953. p. 46. 
  5. ^ "Minor Averages: Piedmont League". The Sporting News. Home News Bureau. 29 July 1953. p. 38. 
  6. ^ 1953 Piedmont League Batting Leaders at Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ "American Association". The Sporting News. 24 March 1954. p. 30. 
  8. ^ 1957 Topps Baseball Card #169
  9. ^ "Herb Plews, only local to play MLB, dies at 86". helenair.com. December 16, 2014.