Harry Heilmann Stats

Harry Heilmann was born on Friday, August 3, 1894, in San Francisco, California. Heilmann was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 16, 1914, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Harry Heilmann baseball stats page.

"Harry Heilmann was one of the most marvelous men I ever met in baseball and one of the greatest right-handed hitters. He had a choppy stroke, but powerful. He was a tough man to pitch to." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Ted Lyons (Baseball Hall of Fame, 'Harry Heilmann', Source )
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Birth Name:
Harry Edwin Heilmann
Nickname:
Slug or Harry, the Horse
Born On:
08-03-1894  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Francisco, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-09-1951 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Southfield, Michigan
Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (San Francisco, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
05-16-1914 (Age 19)
Last Game:
05-31-1932
Draft:
Not Applicable
Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1914 20 Tigers 68 182 25 41 8 1 2 0 18 22 - 29 12 - 2 - .225 .316 .313
1916 22 Tigers 136 451 57 127 30 11 2 0 73 42 - 40 15 - 5 - .282 .349 .410
1917 23 Tigers 150 556 57 156 22 11 5 0 86 41 - 54 19 - 3 - .281 .333 .387
1918 24 Tigers 79 286 34 79 10 6 5 0 39 35 - 10 8 - 2 - .276 .359 .406
1919 25 Tigers 140 537 74 172 30 15 8 1 93 37 - 41 18 - 2 - .320 .366 .477
1920 26 Tigers 145 543 66 168 28 5 9 0 89 39 - 32 18 - 2 - .309 .358 .429
1921 27 Tigers 149 602 114 237 43 14 19 0 139 53 - 37 15 - 2 - .394 .444 .606
1922 28 Tigers 118 455 92 162 27 10 21 0 92 58 - 28 11 - 3 - .356 .432 .598
1923 29 Tigers 144 524 121 211 44 11 18 0 115 74 - 40 23 - 5 - .403 .481 .632
1924 30 Tigers 153 570 107 197 45 16 10 0 114 78 - 41 26 - 4 - .346 .428 .533
1925 31 Tigers 150 573 97 225 40 11 13 0 134 67 - 27 23 - 1 - .393 .457 .569
1926 32 Tigers 141 502 90 184 41 8 9 0 103 67 - 19 25 - 4 - .367 .445 .534
1927 33 Tigers 141 505 106 201 50 9 14 0 120 72 - 16 17 - 2 - .398 .475 .616
1928 34 Tigers 151 558 83 183 38 10 14 1 107 57 - 45 18 - 0 - .328 .390 .507
1929 35 Tigers 125 453 86 156 41 7 15 0 120 50 - 39 14 - 2 - .344 .412 .565
1930 36 Reds 142 459 79 153 43 6 19 1 91 64 - 50 15 - 1 - .333 .416 .577
1932 38 Reds 15 31 3 8 2 0 0 0 6 0 - 2 0 - 0 - .258 .258 .323
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
17 Years 2,147 7,787 1,291 2,660 542 151 183 3 1,539 856 - 550 277 - 40 - .342 .410 .520
Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1914 Tigers 1B 16 13 357 181 11.3 177 165 12 4 11 n/a n/a n/a .978 13.39
1914 Tigers 2B 6 6 162 24 4.0 23 9 14 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 3.83
1914 Tigers CF 31 25 622 46 1.5 40 35 5 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .870 1.74
1914 Tigers LF 2 0 16 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1916 Tigers 1B 30 30 753 345 11.5 342 325 17 3 16 n/a n/a n/a .991 12.26
1916 Tigers 2B 9 9 222 31 3.4 27 7 20 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .871 3.28
1916 Tigers CF 10 9 225 17 1.7 16 16 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.92
1916 Tigers LF 6 5 138 18 3.0 18 18 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.52
1916 Tigers RF 64 63 1,590 302 4.7 297 287 10 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 5.04
1917 Tigers 1B 27 27 705 293 10.9 289 266 23 4 9 n/a n/a n/a .986 11.07
1917 Tigers CF 30 30 849 81 2.7 78 75 3 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.48
1917 Tigers RF 94 93 2,394 145 1.5 139 125 14 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .959 1.57
1918 Tigers 1B 37 37 888 390 10.5 385 367 18 5 11 n/a n/a n/a .987 11.71
1918 Tigers 2B 2 1 24 4 2.0 4 0 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1918 Tigers RF 40 40 1,107 69 1.7 66 60 6 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.61
1919 Tigers 1B 140 140 417 1,511 10.8 1,480 1,402 78 31 61 n/a n/a n/a .979 95.83
1920 Tigers 1B 122 119 3,141 1,306 10.7 1,287 1,207 80 19 52 n/a n/a n/a .985 11.06
1920 Tigers CF 1 1 27 3 3.0 2 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 2.00
1920 Tigers RF 22 22 546 33 1.5 33 27 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.63
1921 Tigers 1B 3 2 57 20 6.7 19 16 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 9.00
1921 Tigers RF 145 145 3,735 261 1.8 251 241 10 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.81
1922 Tigers 1B 5 1 24 30 6.0 30 25 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 33.75
1922 Tigers RF 117 117 3,003 191 1.6 181 175 6 10 2 n/a n/a n/a .948 1.63
1923 Tigers 1B 12 9 249 110 9.2 109 101 8 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .991 11.82
1923 Tigers RF 133 133 3,402 2,301 17.3 2,289 2,277 12 12 2 n/a n/a n/a .995 18.17
1924 Tigers 1B 4 4 117 59 14.8 58 54 4 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .983 13.38
1924 Tigers RF 147 145 423 303 2.1 294 263 31 9 6 n/a n/a n/a .970 18.77
1925 Tigers RF 148 147 432 296 2.0 287 278 9 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 17.94
1926 Tigers RF 134 133 3,417 253 1.9 246 228 18 7 4 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.94
1927 Tigers RF 135 135 3,546 237 1.8 229 218 11 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.74
1928 Tigers 1B 25 24 612 253 10.1 251 234 17 2 20 n/a n/a n/a .992 11.07
1928 Tigers RF 126 125 3,210 239 1.9 232 215 17 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.95
1929 Tigers 1B 2 0 7 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1929 Tigers RF 114 111 2,739 208 1.8 201 193 8 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.98
1930 Reds 1B 19 19 498 197 10.4 192 178 14 5 17 n/a n/a n/a .975 10.41
1930 Reds RF 106 106 2,586 309 2.9 295 279 16 14 5 n/a n/a n/a .955 3.08
1932 Reds 1B 6 5 135 53 8.8 52 49 3 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 10.40
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
RF Totals 1,525 1,515 32,130 5,147 3.4 5,040 4,866 174 107 34 n/a n/a n/a .979 4.24
1B Totals 448 430 7,960 4,748 10.6 4,671 4,389 282 77 209 n/a n/a n/a .984 15.84
CF Totals 72 65 1,723 147 2.0 136 128 8 11 3 n/a n/a n/a .925 2.13
2B Totals 17 16 408 59 3.5 54 16 38 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .915 3.57
LF Totals 8 5 154 18 2.3 18 18 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.16
17 Years 2,070 2,031 42,375 10,119 4.9 9,919 9,417 502 200 248 n/a n/a n/a .980 6.32
Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1914 Tigers 1 8 .111 0 0 n/a 91.0 6.3 10.1 - - -
1916 Tigers 9 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 225.5 11.3 6.2 - - -
1917 Tigers 11 - - 0 0 n/a 111.2 10.3 6.5 - - -
1918 Tigers 13 - - 0 0 n/a 57.2 28.6 7.3 - - -
1919 Tigers 7 - - 0 0 n/a 67.1 13.1 5.8 - - -
1920 Tigers 3 7 .300 2 0 n/a 60.3 17.0 6.1 - - -
1921 Tigers 2 6 .250 2 0 n/a 31.7 16.3 4.3 - - -
1922 Tigers 8 4 .667 0 0 n/a 21.7 16.3 4.9 - - -
1923 Tigers 9 7 .563 2 0 n/a 29.1 13.1 4.6 - - -
1924 Tigers 13 5 .722 2 0 n/a 57.0 13.9 5.0 - - -
1925 Tigers 6 6 .500 2 0 n/a 44.1 21.2 4.3 - - -
1926 Tigers 6 7 .462 7 0 n/a 55.8 26.4 4.9 - - -
1927 Tigers 11 5 .688 6 0 n/a 36.1 31.6 4.2 - - -
1928 Tigers 7 3 .700 1 0 n/a 39.9 12.4 5.2 - - -
1929 Tigers 5 6 .455 10 0 n/a 30.2 11.6 3.8 - - -
1930 Reds 2 - - 17 0 n/a 24.2 9.2 5.0 - - -
1932 Reds 0 - - 9 0 n/a 0.0 15.5 5.2 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
17 Years 113 64 .638 60 0 n/a 42.6 14.2 5.1 - - -
Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1914 Detroit Tigers n/a Undetermined n/a -
1916 Detroit Tigers n/a Undetermined n/a -
1917 Detroit Tigers n/a Undetermined n/a -
1918 Detroit Tigers n/a Undetermined n/a -
1919 Detroit Tigers n/a $3,500.00 n/a -
1920 Detroit Tigers n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1921 Detroit Tigers n/a $6,000.00 n/a -
1922 Detroit Tigers n/a $12,500.00 n/a -
1923 Detroit Tigers n/a $12,500.00 n/a -
1924 Detroit Tigers n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1925 Detroit Tigers n/a $15,000.00 n/a -
1926 Detroit Tigers n/a $17,500.00 n/a -
1927 Detroit Tigers n/a $17,500.00 n/a -
1928 Detroit Tigers n/a $18,750.00 n/a -
1929 Detroit Tigers n/a $18,750.00 n/a -
1930 Cincinnati Reds n/a Undetermined n/a -
1932 Cincinnati Reds 22 Undetermined n/a -


Did you know that Harry Heilmann won a batting championship in 1921, 1923, 1925 and 1927 hitting .394, .403, .393 and .398 respectively (#9 career batting average in Major League history)? A reporter once told Heilmann that he led the league in alternate years to which Heilmann replied (Source=New York Times, 07/10/1955), "Mr. Navin gives me contracts on a two-year basis. I always bear down real hard when a new contract is coming up."

Harry Heilmann
Harry Heilmann | 2003 Topps Gallery (#21) | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac
Harrry Heilmann was ranked fifty-fourth on The Sporting News list (1998) of 100 Greatest Baseball Players , Slug was also nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team (1999), and he is one of the last two American League players to hit .400 having accomplished the feat in 1923 at .403 ( Ted Williams .406 in 1941). How did he do it?

Heilmann's Heavy Stickwork Mystery of Major Leageus

The "lively" ball that came into play in 1921 has wrought many remarkable things in balldom, but none more so than in the slugging power of Harry Heilmann.

Ever since they "hopped up" the horsehide, Heilmann has been banging fo an average beyond every other baseballer in the universe.

In the days when the baseball was just that and nothing more, Heilmann was a fair hitter. Since then he has been the super-swatsmith.

What's the answer?

The bromidic reply is that the new brand of baseball, being easier to hit into safe territory, is wholly responsible. If that's true, why aren't the men who hit beyond Heilmann back in 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1920 batting beyond him now?

If the rabbit baseball has provoked an average increase of nearly 100 points in Heilmann's average, why hasn't it dont he same thing for all others?

Just Learning His Stuff.

Perhaps the real truth is that Heilmann was just learning how to hit the baseball four seasons ago and that knowledge, plus the long distance ball of today, is the double-barrled answer why he has become the king-pin hitter of the big leagues.

One of the strange things about Heilmann's amazing feats with the war club is that full credit never has been given him. When the weekly averages have been published there is usually a headline "Heilmann Leads Hitters" - and beyond that little comment is made. Heilmann thus becomes one of the unfortunates of the game. There is nothing picturesque, nothing highly colored,, nothing bombastic nor spectacular about his methods. He is not a grandstander - not theatrical. And because he isn't he doesn't get the acclaim and the plaudits which men, less wonderful, but better showman, achieve for themselves.

Never Courts Applause.

The whanging star of the American League goes about his work calmly, methodically, almost bashfully, at times. Instead of courting the applause of the crows, he is modest to a point where he almost shuns it. All of which seems to prove that no matter how truly great a man and his deeds are, he must be something of an actor to win the ovations he so richly deserves.

The records show that Heilmann always was a good long distance hitter but never until 1921 a wonder man with the hickory bludgeon. In the first eight years of his baseball career he could not average .300 including his minor league work. Yet, since 1920, including the first four weeks of 1924, he has averaged above .400.

Started in Far Northwest.

Heilmann was born in San Francisco August 3, 1894. His first job was with Portland in the Pacific Northwestern League in 1913. He played first base and outfield in 122 games and batted .305. He appeared in a Detroit uniform in 1914, having been purchased by the Tigers for $1,500. In 67 games the best he could do with the bat was a woeful .225.

The Tigers decided he wasn't ripe and Heilmann was released to San Francisco, where he played first base in 1915. He hit .364 in 98 games that year and Detroit recalled him at the start of 1916. Heilmann has been with the Tigers ever since, alternating at first and in the outfield in 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1920. He has played the outfield since then.

Heilmann's Early Record.

Here is Heilmann's record as a batter from the outset of his career until the lively ball came into existence (see above).

That shows an average of .295 for Heilmann during those eight years, of which two were spent in the minors. If only his major league work is considered, then Heilmann's batting average for the six years - 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1920 - was the sad sum of .282.

Then came 1921!

Suddenly Goes Rampaging.

This same Heilmann, who had hit for only .282 in the years before, suddenly went on a rampage. He hit everything that was served up to him with vicious force and remarkable precision and ended up the year with 237 hits and a batting average of .395 for 149 games - a figure which gave him the championship of his league.

In 1922 he came back with .356 and last year he smashed a remarkable .403; making a grand average of .384 for three seasons for a player who in his six other years could hit for only .282.

Better Than Ever This Year.

Heilmann is back doing his fence smashing stuff again this year. The first month of play finds him far out in front of the pack again with an almos unbelievable mark of .493. He has faced all kinds of pitching in all sorts of weather in all varieties of ball parks - and he's still smacking close to .500.

What is the real reason for his Heilmann revolution? Who can explain why the whanging star of Ban Johnson's circuit could hit for only .282 while in his sprightly '20s - and then hit for .394, .356, .403 and .493 in the years that bring him near and to the end of the 30-year mark?

Source: The Lincoln Star (Frank Menke, 06/20/1924, Page 16.

Harry Heilmann Hall of Fame Plaque
Harry Heilmann | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1952 ( HOF )
Harry, the Horse (nickname used by his teammates) once won a dog! During the 1926 season, while "only" batting .359, Detroit honored him on Heilmann Day, August 9, 1926 . Fans, friends, the media, all came to pay homage to Slug including: Larry Fisher, a local automobile dealer who gave him a new car; the Knights of Columbus, who gave him a diamond stickpin; and Paddy Pexton, who gave him an actual hunting dog with a huge green ribbon around his neck.

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