Herman Reich

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Herman Reich
First baseman/Right fielder
Born: (1917-11-23)November 23, 1917
Bell, California
Died: October 22, 2009(2009-10-22) (aged 91)
Fallbrook, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 3, 1949, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1949, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .279
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 34

Herman Charles Reich (November 23, 1917 – October 22, 2009) was an American first baseman/right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for three teams during the 1949 season. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb (91 kg), Reich batted right-handed and threw left-handed. A native of Bell, California, he attended Loyola Marymount University.


Reich has the rare distinction of being part of three transactions in his only major league season. He appeared in three games with the Cleveland Indians (1) and Washington Senators (2) before joining the Chicago Cubs, all during a period of 48 days. He became the regular first baseman for the Cubs and also was among the team's nine right fielders. Before the 1950 season, he was sold by the Cubs to the Chicago White Sox but did not play for them.

In one season career, Reich was a .279 hitter (108-for-286) with three home runs and 34 RBI in 111 games, including 43 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, four stolen bases, and a .306 on-base percentage.

Following his brief stint in major leagues, Reich resumed his career in the minors and also managed the 1961 Idaho Falls Russets of the Pioneer League.


  • Nov. 10, 1948 – Drafted by the Cleveland Indians from the Portland Beavers (PCL) in the rule 5 draft.
  • Apr. 30, 1949 – Selected off waivers by the Washington Senators from the Indians.
  • May 10, 1949 – Returned to the Indians by Washington following previous waiver selection.
  • May 18, 1949 – Selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Indians.
  • Feb.  2, 1950 – Purchased by the Chicago White Sox from the Cubs.

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