Hershberger's suicide during the 1940 season ended a frustrated career. A farmhand
in the player-rich Yankee system, he shared a catching future with Buddy Rosar
the better defensive player. Bill Dickey
was the Yankee catcher, a lefthanded hitter.
Both Hershberger and Rosar were righthanded, and Rosar was chosen as Dickey's backup.
Hershberger was sold to Cincinnati, and had to settle in behind another future Hall
of Fame catcher, Ernie Lombardi