Major League Baseball Player. For eleven seasons (1967 and 1969 to 1978), he played at the catcher position with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, California Angels, Houston Astros and Montreal Expos. Born Edward Martin Herrmann, the grandson of former professional pitcher Marty Herrmann, he attended Crawford High School in San Diego, California. Signed by the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent in 1964, he ended up with the White Sox and marked his Major League debut with them on September 1, 1967. After a year in the Minor Leagues during 1968, Herrmann returned to the White Sox and secured the starting catcher position and in 1970, he produced a career-high 19 home runs. This was the first of five seasons (1970 to 1974), when he yielded double-digit numbers in home runs. In 1972, he led the American League with 19 intentional walks. Herrmann was a favorite battery mate of White Sox' ace Wilbur Wood who went on to win 20 or more games for four consecutive seasons (1971 to 1974). Herrmann earned All-Star status in 1974. He was acquired by the Expos during the 1978 season and served as a backup for Gary Carter. In 922 regular season games, he compiled 654 hits with a .240 lifetime batting average. After retiring as a player, he remained associated with the sport and served as a coach and batting mentor. He died from a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
Bio by: C.S.