July 3, 1957 |
San Antonio, Texas
|1975-1978||St. Mary's Rattlers|
|1983-1986||New York Mets|
|1987-1988||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1989-1999||Boston Red Sox|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1998-2017||Incarnate Word Cardinals|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 All-American (1976, 1978)St. Mary's Rattlers Athletic Hall of Fame
Heep, who batted and threw left-handed, played for five different ballclubs during his 13-year career: the Houston Astros (1979–1982), New York Mets (1983–1986), Los Angeles Dodgers (1987–1988), Boston Red Sox (1989–1990), and Atlanta Braves (1991).
Heep played baseball for, and graduated from, Lee High School in San Antonio.
Heep played for St. Mary's University in San Antonio where he was twice an All-American, in 1976 and 1978, as a pitcher. At St. Mary's he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, and he is a member of that school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft, he compiled a .331 batting average, 23 home runs and 108 RBIs in a little over a year in the minors to earn his first major league call up. His major league debut came on August 31, 1979 against the New York Mets. He remained with the Astros through the end of the season, achieving a .143 average with two runs batted in. The second RBI was a game winner against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 30.
Danny Heep was the 4000th strikeout victim to Nolan Ryan on July 11, 1985.
Heep was the head coach for the NCAA Incarnate Word Cardinals baseball team in San Antonio from 1998-2017. Since becoming head coach in 1998, the program has won two conference championships. In 2014, they became a Division I program in the Southland Conference.
Head coaching record
Below is a table of Heep's yearly records as a collegiate head baseball coach.
|Incarnate Word (Heart of Texas Conference – DII) (1998–1999)|
|Incarnate Word (Heartland Conference – DII) (2000–2010)|
|2004||Incarnate Word||41-17||NCAA Regional|
|2006||Incarnate Word||38-21||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2010||Incarnate Word||42-18||34-13||2nd||NCAA Regional|
|Incarnate Word (Lone Star Conference – DII) (2011–2013)|
|2011||Incarnate Word||37-18||24-9||1st||NCAA Regional|
|Incarnate Word (Southland Conference – DI) (2014–present)|
|Incarnate Word (Div. I):||72-139||33-78|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Article – from University of the Incarnate Word's official website.
- Interview with Danny on Blog Talk Radio. 
- New York Times Article on Heep's collision with Terry Blocker.