Tuesday, January 12, 2010

#34 Russ Heman

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Russell Frederick Heman
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" , Weight: 200 lb.
Born: February 10, 1933 in Olive, CA

Purchased by the Los Angeles Angels from the Cleveland Indians on June 5, 1961.
Later traded by the Los Angeles Angels with Ken Hamlin to Toronto (International) for Billy Moran on June 22, 1961.

Pitched an inning (8th) of scoreless relief in a 6-5 loss at Boston on June 8, 1961.

Threw 10 innings over 6 games for a 1.80 ERA and no record.

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The 6'4", 200 lb. right-hander was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent before the 1952 season. He played for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels, both in 1961.
Heman made his major league debut on April 20 against the Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Stadium. He pitched two innings and gave up three earned runs in the 11-4 Indians loss. He struck out one batter, pitcher Frank Lary. He earned his first big league save three days later in a road game against the Kansas City Athletics. The winning pitcher in the 10-8 game was reliever Wynn Hawkins. He pitched in a total of six games for Cleveland, allowing four earned runs in ten innings, and was sold to the Angels on June 5. He pitched very effectively for Los Angeles in the short time he was there, giving up just two earned runs in ten innings.
On June 22, 1961 Heman was traded along with shortstop Ken Hamlin to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for second baseman Billy Moran, and never again pitched in a major league game. Season and career totals include 12 games pitched, all in relief, a 0-0 record, 7 games finished, and 1 save. In 20 innings pitched he allowed 12 hits and 10 walks for a very low WHIP of 1.100. He struck out 6 and had an earned run average of 2.70.

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