Saturday, February 7, 2015

# 630 Richie Hebner

Back in the day ballplayer had off season job, Hebner’s was most unusual…  Gravedigger….Solid but unspectacular third baseman…Played 18 season most notably for Pittsburgh…Replaced Maury Wills at 3rd, bringing power....Put in his first 8 years for the Bucs at the hot corner with a strong offensive showing in the 6 years...Had a 11 year stretch as a regular in the lineup for Pirates, Phillies, Mets, and Tigers spanning 1969 to 1980…Used sparingly afterwards but did return to Pittsburgh in 1982-83…Career .276 average and 203 home runs…hit .270 and had 4 home runs in 100 Abs in post season play….Average fielder at best once led NL 3rd basemen in errors…His season bests were 25 home runs and RBIs came 7 years apart, 1973 and 1980 respectively...Handsome chap during playing days.


  1. Hebner's Favorite Line Was, Can You Dig it. Ha!

  2. I did not know that.. I wonder if he used it after seeing the movie Warriors.

  3. Switched to 1st base upon his arrival in Philly in 1977. After 2 seasons there, he was traded to make room for Pete Rose in 1979.