20. Herman Long
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 13, 1866 in Chicago, IL USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 17, 1889
  • Final Game: July 13, 1904
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Herman Long played for the Boston Beaneaters from 1890 to 1902 where he played Shortstop.  Long collected 1,902 Hits for Boston where he had four straight seasons of batting .300 (1894 to 1897) and he overall batted .280 for the team with 434 Stolen Bases.  Long was regarded highly for his fielding and although he is one of four players to have 1,000 Errors it has to be remembered that there were a lot more Errors occurring back in his day and he played at one of the most important defensive positions especially in a ground ball era.  He routinely had better fielding percentages than his peers and many of his contemporaries considered him among the best defensively.  The advanced metrics back that up as he was in the top ten in Defensive bWAR eight times and was the National League leader in 1898.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Kansas City Cowboys 1/4/90.
  • Departed: Jumped to the New York Highlanders 10/25/02.
  • Games Played: 1647
  • Notable Statistics: 1,292 Runs Scored
    1,902 Hits
    295 Doubles
    91 Triples
    88 Home Runs
    964 RBI
    434 Stolen Bases
    .280/.337/.390 Slash Line
    35.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1898)
    Most Runs Scored (1893)
    Most Home Runs (1900)
    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1891)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1893 & 1899)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1902)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1901 & 1902)

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