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'The Other Babe' Will Always Be Remembered

December 05, 1987

Your story on the death of Babe Herman ignored the fact he played six years with the Hollywood Stars. Babe arrived in 1939, coincidental with the opening of Gilmore Field, and became an immediate favorite of those of us of grammar school age who were just starting to follow the game.

He was a genuinely friendly man who always had time for us kids. The team never finished higher than fifth or had a winning record, but each season he batted well over .300 and hit enough home runs to give us plenty of thrills.

If you were fortunate enough to live close by (close being a half-hour's walk away) and could spend your Saturdays and Sundays at that wonderful park, it was made even better because of "the other Babe."

DICK BANK

Los Angeles

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