Congratulations, Tom Herr
Lancaster County native son Tom Herr received welcome news Friday: He’s being inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame. Herr, 64, a Hempfield High School graduate, played 13 seasons in the majors, including on three World Series teams with the Cards in the 1980s. He earned a ring with St. Louis in 1982.
Herr made the National League All-Star team in 1985, his best offensive season. That year, Herr drove in a career-high 110 runs, while hitting .302 with eight homers, eight triples and 38 doubles. The last player to collect at least 100 RBIs in a season with fewer than 10 home runs was Paul Molitor in 1996.
Defensively, Herr’s career fielding percentage of .989 also ranks high among second basemen (Placido Polanco is No. 1). Yet he never earned a Gold Glove, finishing for years behind the Chicago Cubs’ Ryne Sandberg.
Herr also played for the Phillies, and managed the Lancaster Barnstormers to an Atlantic League title in 2006.
Other inductees are pitcher John Tudor, a former teammate of Herr’s, and infielder Bill White. A committee of media members and former managers chose White. Herr and Tudor were the top two choices in online voting over a nine-week period – with record participation. This honor is well-deserved for one of the county’s sports icons.