Saturday, November 8, 2014


Herman Hill is a player I really knew nothing about, and I even profiled his only baseball card about a year ago because of the other player on the card, Paul Ratcliff. So when I recently read a small article on baseball players passing away during their active careers, his name caught my eye, and led to me creating an "In Memoriam" card for him as part of the 1971 set. Take a look:

 Here's the 1970 Topps card he appeared on:

After appearing in 16 games in 1969 and 27 games the following year with Minnesota as an outfielder/pinch runner, Hill was traded to St. Louis in October of 1970, but would never see another Major League game.
Sadly, while playing in Venezuela during the off-season, Hill would drown while swimming, passing away at the age of 25.
His brief career consisted of 43 games and 24 at-bats, with a couple of hits and a stolen base.
I didn't want to create a card for him as a Cardinal, since he never even got to play with them, so I created a 1971 "In Memoriam" card for him with the only team he ever played for, the Minnesota Twins.


  1. Again another who knew. The 1970 card was one of the first I can remember getting as a kid. It looked so much cooler than the regular cards of the 1970 set. Sad to hear the story. Nice tribute.

  2. I mentioned his name to Harmon Killebrew at a baseball signing in about 1995. We talked shortly then he looked at me and he said, "How did you remember that (his drowning). I don't remember what I said to him but years later I had realized, that once I found an affection for Major League Baseball, he was the first one that had passed, and that I had his card. That left a sorrowing memory for a 13 yr old kid...



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