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Herman Stanton “Hi” Bell

  • Birth 16 Jul 1897 Mount Sherman, Larue County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 7 Jun 1949 Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 6792550

Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as a right-handed pitcher for 8 seasons (1924, 1926 to 1927, 1929 to 1930, 1932 to 1934) with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants. A relief specialist long before they became standard in the Majors, he managed to appear in three World Series, despite shifting between the Minors and the Major Leagues a number of times during his career. Breaking in the Cardinals in 1924, he achieved his most notable career distinction on July 24th of the year. On that day, he became the last pitcher to start and win both games of a double header, when he defeated the Boston Braves 6 to 1, and, then 2 to 1 (giving up only six hits the entire day). He would win only one more game that year, while losing 8. Those stats forced him down into the Minors, where he spent the whole 1925 season. Recalled in 1926, he won 6 and lost 6 while appearing mostly in relief, and was part of the Cardinals National League Pennant winning team. However, in the 1926 World Series against the New York Yankees, he appeared in only one game, pitching the 5th and 6th innings of an eventual 10-5 Yankees win (which was marked by Babe Ruth’s 3 Home Runs). He still won a Championship ring as the Cardinals went on to defeat the Yankees 4 Games to 3. Continued his relief role in the 1927 and 1929 seasons (spending 1928 and most of 1929 in the Minors). In 1930 he had his best year, appearing in a career-high 39 games, winning 4 and losing 3, and garnering 8 Saves to lead the National League in that then-rare stat while helping the Cardinals take another National League Pennant. That year’s World Series, against Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics, saw the Cardinals fall 4 Games to 2 to the A’s. Hi Bell’s only appearence was in the 8th Inning of the decisive Game 6. Shipped to the New York Giants after the conclusion of the Series, he spent 1931 back in the Minors before being recalled for 1932, when he went 8 and 4 for New York. In 1933 he saved 5 games and won 6 for the Giants as they took the National League Pennant and faced the Washington Senators in the World Series. Once more, Hi Bell was part of a Championship team, as the Giants beat the Senators 4 Games to 1, and once more he appeared in only a single inning, the 8th of Game 3 (which was the Senators only win). Thus, despite having pitched in only 4 total World Series innings, he was a Champion twice. After the 1934 season (when he saved 6 games) he was released by the Giants, and retired for good. His career totals were 32 Wins – 34 Losses, 221 Games Pitched, 24 Saves, 191 Strikeouts, and a career 3.69 Earned Run Average.

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  • Originally Created by: Russ
  • Added: 20 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6792550
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Herman Stanton “Hi” Bell (16 Jul 1897–7 Jun 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6792550, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .