LHP 1920-26, 28-33 A's , Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers
Heimach helped himself. His fielding skill made him a "fifth infielder," and his
.236 lifetime average included 52 pinch-hit appearances in which he hit .385. When
a broken ankle finished him in 1933, he had run up a string of errorless games that
went back to 1926, covering 171 chances.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 17, 1922: In a 13 inning, 3–1 win, A's catcher Ralph Perkins has no putouts or assists. A's starter Fred Heimach and White Sox starter Red Faber go the distance. Perkins will have two straight games like today in September. |
» June 15, 1926:
After sending OF Bing Miller to St. Louis for OF Baby Doll Jacobson, the A's trade P Slim Harriss,
P Fred Heimach, and Jacobson to the Red Sox for OF Tom Jenkins and P Howard Ehmke, 32. Ehmke, 3-10 at Boston, will be 12-4 for the rest of the year at Philadelphia.
» April 18, 1929: After two cancellations of their season start—their first ever—the Yankees open against the Red Sox before 40,000 at the Stadium, winning 7–3. Judge Landis presents diamond-studded watches to the New York players in honor of their championship season in 1928. New York Starter George Pipgras allows just three hits in five 1/3 innings, but walks 9. Reliever Fred Heimach then pitches hitless ball to preserve the win. In his first at bat against Boston's Red Ruffing, the newly wed Babe hits a home run and as he rounds 2nd base, he doffs his cap to his bride Claire in the stands. Gehrig adds a home run in the 6th, off Milt Gaston. For the first time, the Yanks have numbers on their uniforms, assigned according to the player's spot in the lineup: Combs, 1, Koenig, two Ruth, 3, Gehrig, 4, Meusel, 5, Lazzeri 6, Durocher, 7, Grabowski, 8. The win goes to Pipgras # 14, with Heimach #17 picking up the save.