Fred
Heimach


FREDERICK AMOS HEIMACH was born in Camden NJ on January 27, 1902 to Mr. and Mrs. George Amos Heimach. His parents separated while he was quite young and he was raised by his grandparents, Edward and Margaret Heimach. His grandparents had been living in Cramer Hill since the 1880s, and his grandfather was a founding member of Citizens Fire Company No. 1. and served on Camden's City Council in the years after Stockton became part of Camden.  

Fred Heimach was the youngest of three children. When the Census was taken in 1910 the family lived at 945 North 26th Street in Cramer Hill. His grandfather then worked as a painter. The 1920 Census shows the family at 863 North 27th Street, Edward Heimach then working as a painter for one of the ferry companies that served Camden and Philadelphia. Also at home were uncle Albert Heimach and Frances Goos, both, sadly had lost their spouses. The 1920 Census also states that Fred Heimach was then a soldier in the United States Army. The 1930 Census confirms his World War I service. By then he had married and bought a home at 

764 North 27th Street, where he lived with wife Esther, daughter Margaret, his mother, an aunt and a niece. Fred Heimach's family later had an oyster house at North 27th Street and Hayes Avenue.  

Known as "Lefty", he was well-known in the neighborhood an also at Camden High School as a skilled baseball player and as a fine pitcher. He attracted the attention of Connie Mack and after being discharged from his military duties took up professional baseball. After pitching well for the Raleigh Nats of the Piedmont League, he was purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics on September 6, 1920. Just 19 years of age, he made his big league debut before the end of the 1920 major league season. He spent 1921 with the Moline (Iowa) Plowboys of the Illinois-Indian-Iowa (Three-I) League where he played under Earle Mack. The Plowboys won the pennant that year. After making one appearance with the Athletics in 1921, Fred Heimach returned to the big club in 1922 and soon established himself as a good pitcher and a dangerous hitter. A spring training injury cost him most of the 1925 season. Coming back in 1926, he was off to good start with the Philadelphia Athletics when, on June 15, 1926,  when he was traded by  along with Slim Harriss and Baby Doll Jacobson to the Boston Red Sox for Tom Jenkins and Howard Ehmke. The Red Sox were terrible, losing 107 games, while Ehmke helped take to Athletics to the World Series and World Championship in 1929, starting the first and last games of the series.  

Fred Heimach played with St. Paul in the American Association in 1927. He started the 1928 season with St. Paul and had won 16 games by mid-July. The New York Yankees, though a team loaded with no less than eight future Hall of Fame players, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and a future Hall of Famer as its manager, Miller Huggins, were in a close race with the Philadelphia Athletics. The Yankees purchased Fred Heimachs contract from St. Paul and he was back in the big leagues. 

In his first start with the Yankees Fred Heimach threw a four-hit shutout against the Boston Red Sox. He finished the year with a record of two wins and three losses and an earned run average of 3.31 runs per nine innings pitched. The Yankees ultimately won the pennant and the World Series that season.

One day that season while the Yankees were in Philadelphia, his teammate, Babe Ruth, was looking for a place to get a drink- not an easy task for out-of-towners in Prohibition-era Philadelphia. Fred Heimach brought the Babe over the river to Camden and his old Cramer Hill neighborhood. They stopped at Strahle's Tavern at North 26th Street and River Avenue, where the locals gave the visiting ballplayers an enthusiastic reception. Don Strahle, who's father was tending bar that night, writes 

"In the late 1920's there was a Cramer Hill neighbor who was a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, Freddy Heimach. He came into the saloon one night about 10 o'clock when Henry was tending bar, bringing one of his teammates with him, Babe Ruth. There was pandemonium. Ruth wanted to buy everyone drinks, and everyone wanted to buy Ruth drinks."

On September 11, 1928 the Camden County Chamber of Commerce organized a Fred Heimach Day at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, where the Yankees were facing the Athletics. Cramer Hill's Mathews-Purnell Post #518 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Fred Heimach with a ring, and other gifts were tendered by his appreciative fans and friends, many of whom were in attendance..

Fred Heimach returned to the Yankees in 1929 as a starter and reliever, winning 11 games against six losses and saving four. On April 18 of that year, after two cancellations of their season start—their first ever—the Yankees opened against the Red Sox before 40,000 at the Stadium, winning 7–3. Judge Landis presents diamond-studded watches to the New York players in honor of their championship season in 1928. New York Starter George Pipgras allows just three hits in five 1/3 innings, but walks 9. Fred Heimach came in and pitched three 2/3 innings of hitless ball to preserve the win. In his first at bat against Boston's Red Ruffing, the newly wed Babe Ruth hit a home run and as he rounded second base, he doffed his cap to his bride Claire in the stands. Lou Gehrig added a home run in the sixth inning, off Milt Gaston. For the first time, the Yankees had numbers on their uniforms, assigned according to the player's spot in the lineup: Combs, 1, Koenig, two Ruth, 3, Gehrig, 4, Meusel, 5, Lazzeri 6, Durocher, 7, Grabowski, 8. The win went to Pipgras # 14, with Heimach #17 picking up the save.

After opening 1930 in the minor leagues with the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association, Fred Heimach returned to the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers in July of 1930. He was with Brooklyn 1933. A broken ankle and other injuries limited his play to ten appearances. On September 1, 1933 the Dodgers released him. He finished with a record of 62 wins, 69 losses, and an earned run average of 4.46 runs per nine innings pitched. It must be said that save for his two seasons with the New York Yankees, the teams he played for were pretty bad. The 1925 Athletics finished second but still were 8-1/2 games out of first place, the 1931 and 1932 Dodgers were finished fourth both years, all the other teams Fred Heimach played for finished in the bottom half of the leagues played in.  

Besides his pitching, Fred Heimach also made a name for himself with a .385 average as a pinch hitter. He is one of only 20 pitchers to collect 20 hits as a pinch hitter. He also played six games at first base for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1922. Defensively, he was also excelled. His fielding skill made him a "fifth infielder," and when a broken ankle finished him in 1933, he had run up a string of errorless games that went back to 1926, covering 171 chances.

Another interesting event in Fred Heimach's baseball career occurred in 1922 when he was utilized as a courtesy runner. For a time, a courtesy runner was allowed for a player if that player had been injured and at the moment couldn’t continue. The original player then stayed in the game defensively in the next inning. Most often the courtesy runner was already in the lineup. The last time this happened was in 1949. 

On June 9, with Athletics playing the Tigers in Detroit, Tiger pitcher, Syl Johnson hit Jimmy Dykes on the head with a pitched ball in the second inning, which knocked Dykes unconscious. The Athletic third baseman returned to the game after Fred Heimach ran for him, with manager Cobb agreeing to the arrangement.

The following year on May 5 he had the unfortunate luck to be called for a balk at Yankee Stadium. This was the first balk ever called at the then new park.

After bidding adieu to the major leagues in 1933, Fred Heimach returned to the American Association. He returned to the St. Paul Saints for the 1934 season. 

By 1936 Fred Heimach had moved to Florida. He operated a barbecue stand. By 1938 he was living in Dade County. That year 1938 he divorced his wife Esther and was soon remarrried, to Donnie C. Moore.

Fred Heimach died in Fort Myers, Florida at the age of 72 on June 1, 1973, survived by his wife Donnie. She relocated to Arizona, where she passed away in 1983. In 1990 Fred Heimach was elected to the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame.


Ironwood, Michigan Daily Globe - September 7, 1920


Indianapolis, Indiana Star - May 6, 1921


Danville, Virginia Bee - July 17, 1922


Lima, Ohio News - March 21, 1925


Davenport, Iowa Democrat and Leader - June 16, 1926


Camden Courier-Post - January 31, 1928


Neil Deighan - Freddy Heimach - Joe Hyde - Lou Schaub - Joe Sheehan - Abe Corotis
Immaculate Conception


Bismarck, North Dakota Tribune - August 28, 1928


Camden Courier-Post - September 11, 1928





Camden Courier-Post - September 12, 1928

From Left: unknown Yankee, Philip G. Wilson, Herb Pennock, Elmer Graw, Fred Heimach, Jefferson J. Flanagan, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton (speaking to Heimach, in straw hat) Loyal D. Odhner (in uniform), Francis B. Wallen (white hat), Lewis K. Marr


Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1931


MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD

Pitching

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 1920 19 PHA AL   0   1   1   1   0   0   0  0    5.0   13    9    8   0    1    0   0   0    25       1 14.40  4.01   28 2.800
 1921 20 PHA AL   1   0   1   1   1   1   0  0    9.0    7    0    0   0    1    1   0   0    32       0  0.00  4.45  inf 0.889
 1922 21 PHA AL   7  11  37  19   7   0  11  1  171.7  220  117   96  18   63   47   3   3   784       0  5.03  4.23   84 1.649
 1923 22 PHA AL   6  12  40  19  10   0  13  0  208.3  238  120  100  14   69   63   6   3   922       1  4.32  4.10   95 1.474
 1924 23 PHA AL  14  12  40  26  10   0   9  0  198.0  243  122  104   2   60   60   4   0   893       2  4.73  4.27   90 1.530
 1925 24 PHA AL   0   1  10   0   0   0   4  0   20.3   24   10    9   2    9    6   1   1    89       0  3.98  4.65  117 1.623
 1926 25 TOT AL   3   9  33  14   6   0  11  0  133.7  147   86   74   6   47   25   0   1   575       0  4.98  4.09   82 1.451
         PHA AL   1   0  13   1   0   0   7  0   31.7   28   14   10   1    5    8   0   0   125       0  2.84  4.18  147 1.042
         BOS AL   2   9  20  13   6   0   4  0  102.0  119   72   64   5   42   17   0   1   450       0  5.65  4.06   72 1.578
 1928 27 NYY AL   2   3  13   9   5   0   3  0   68.0   66   30   25   3   16   25   1   1   311       0  3.31  3.76  113 1.206
 1929 28 NYY AL  11   6  35  10   3   3  15  4  134.7  141   72   60   4   29   26   3   3   565       0  4.01  3.86   96 1.262
 1930 29 BRO NL   0   2   9   0   0   0   5  1    7.3   14    5    4   0    3    1   0   0    39       0  4.91  4.92  100 2.318
 1931 30 BRO NL   9   7  31  10   7   1  15  1  135.3  145   66   52   6   23   43   1   1   565       0  3.46  3.82  111 1.241
 1932 31 BRO NL   9   4  36  15   7   0  15  0  167.7  203   85   74   7   28   30   6   1   726       0  3.97  3.80   96 1.378
 1933 32 BRO NL   0   1  10   3   0   0   3  0   29.7   49   33   33   2   11    7   2   0   148       0 10.01  3.20   32 2.022
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 13 Yr WL% .473  62  69 296 127  56   5 104  7 1288.7 1510  755  639  64  360  334  27  14  5674       4  4.46  4.03   90 1.451
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 162 Game Avg     9  11  47  20   9   0  16  1  207.0  242  121  102  10   57   53   4   2   912   0   0  4.46  4.03   90 1.451
 Career High     14  12  40  26  10   3  15  4  208.3  243  122  104  18   69   63   6   3   922   0   2  3.31  4.27  113 1.206
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
                 W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP

* indicates the value is park adjusted (now all 3-year factors)

Batting

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP 
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 1920 19 PHA AL   1    1    0    0   0  0   0    0   0  0   0   0  .000  .000  .000 -100    0   0           0    
 1921 20 PHA AL   1    4    0    1   0  0   0    1   0  0   0   1  .250  .250  .250   28    1   0           0    
 1922 21 PHA AL  37   60    6   15   3  1   0    7   1  0   5  12  .250  .308  .333   65   20   3           0    
 1923 22 PHA AL  63  118   14   30   4  1   1   11   0  0   4  18  .254  .279  .331   59   39   5           0    
 1924 23 PHA AL  58   90   14   29   3  2   0   12   1  0   3   8  .322  .344  .400   91   36   3           0    
 1925 24 PHA AL  15    6    3    1   0  0   0    0   0  0   0   2  .167  .167  .167  -18    1   0           0    
 1926 25 TOT AL  40   54    2   14   1  0   0    4   0  0   3  13  .259  .298  .278   52   15   1           0    
         PHA AL  14   10    0    1   1  0   0    1   0  0   0   4  .100  .100  .200  -25    2   0           0    
         BOS AL  26   44    2   13   0  0   0    3   0  0   3   9  .295  .340  .295   69   13   1           0    
 1928 27 NYY AL  18   30    2    5   0  0   0    2   0  0   2   6  .167  .219  .167    4    5   1           0    
 1929 28 NYY AL  36   49    5    9   2  0   1    2   0  0   3  12  .184  .231  .286   36   14   0           0    
 1930 29 BRO NL  13    4    0    1   0  0   0    0   0      0   1  .250  .250  .250   22    1   0           0    
 1931 30 BRO NL  39   61    3   12   0  1   0    5   0      4   7  .197  .246  .230   29   14   0           0    
 1932 31 BRO NL  37   55    9    9   2  0   1    4   0      4  18  .164  .220  .255   28   14   3           0    
 1933 32 BRO NL  10   10    0    2   0  0   0    1   0      0   0  .200  .200  .200   16    2   0           0   1
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 13 Seasons     368  542   58  128  15  5   3   49   2  0  28  98  .236  .274  .299   50  162  16   0   0   0   1
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 162 Game Avg        239   26   56   7  2   1   22   1  0  12  43  .236  .274  .299   50   71   7   0   0   0   0
 Career High     63  118   14   30   4  2   1   12   1  0   5  18                          39   5   0   0   0   1
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP 

Special Batting  

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  PA  Outs  RC  RC/G   AIR    BA *lgBA   OBP *lgOBP  SLG *lgSLG  OPS *lgOPS*OPS+  OWP *BtRns BtWin SB% 
+--------------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+-----+-----+-----+----+
 1920 19 PHA AL    1    1    0   0.0   107| .000  .292| .000  .357| .000  .402| .000  .759|-100  .000  -0.3   0.0   0%
 1921 20 PHA AL    4    3    0   0.0   114| .250  .300| .250  .366| .250  .421| .500  .786|  28  .000  -0.4   0.0   0%
 1922 21 PHA AL   68   48    6   3.4   112| .250  .297| .308  .362| .333  .417| .641  .779|  65  .346  -3.2  -0.3 100%
 1923 22 PHA AL  127   93   11   3.2   109| .254  .291| .279  .361| .331  .403| .610  .764|  59  .328  -7.7  -0.8   0%
 1924 23 PHA AL   96   64   13   5.4   113| .322  .299| .344  .369| .400  .411| .744  .780|  91  .547  -1.8  -0.2 100%
 1925 24 PHA AL    6    5    0   0.0   121| .167  .308| .167  .380| .167  .432| .334  .812| -18  .000  -1.1  -0.1   0%
 1926 25 TOT AL   58   41    4   2.6   108| .259  .288| .298  .359| .278  .404| .576  .764|  52  .254  -3.9  -0.4   0%
         PHA AL   10    9    0   0.0   115| .100  .297| .100  .370| .200  .417| .300  .787| -25  .000  -1.9  -0.2   0%
         BOS AL   48   32    4   3.3   107| .295  .286| .340  .357| .295  .401| .635  .759|  69  .348  -2.0  -0.2   0%
 1928 27 NYY AL   33   26    1   1.0   106| .167  .285| .219  .350| .167  .405| .386  .754|   4  .058  -4.2  -0.4   0%
 1929 28 NYY AL   52   40    3   2.0   107| .184  .284| .231  .350| .286  .410| .517  .760|  36  .159  -4.8  -0.5   0%
 1930 29 BRO NL    4    3    0   0.0   126| .250  .310| .250  .369| .250  .462| .500  .831|  22  .000  -0.5   0.0     
 1931 30 BRO NL   65   49    3   1.6   102| .197  .284| .246  .343| .230  .401| .476  .744|  29  .130  -6.3  -0.6     
 1932 31 BRO NL   62   49    3   1.6   102| .164  .282| .220  .334| .255  .408| .475  .742|  28  .128  -5.6  -0.6     
 1933 32 BRO NL   10    9    0   0.0    88| .200  .269| .200  .322| .200  .369| .400  .690|  16  .000  -1.1  -0.1     
+--------------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+-----+-----+-----+----+
 13 Seasons      586  431   44   2.7   108| .236  .290| .274  .355| .299  .407| .573  .763|  50  .266 -41.0  -4.0     

* indicates the value is park adjusted (now all 3-year factors)
 Year Ag Tm  Lg Pos   G     PO    A    E   DP    FP   lgFP  RFg  lgRFg  RF9  lgRF9  GS   Inn  
+--------------+---+----+------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+------+
+---- Fielding Sorted by Year ------+
1920 19 PHA AL   P    1      1    5    0    0 1.000  .952  6.00  1.70 10.80  2.70    1    5.0
 1921 20 PHA AL   P    1      1    5    0    0 1.000  .952  6.00  1.60  6.00  2.70    1    9.0
 1922 21 PHA AL   P   37      7   46    3    4  .946  .964  1.43  1.48  2.78  2.60   19  171.7
 1923 22 PHA AL   P   40     14   54    4    2  .944  .959  1.70  1.49  2.94  2.72   19  208.3
                 1B    6     54    2    2    1  .966  .989  9.33 10.22                        
 1924 23 PHA AL   P   40     11   57    2    1  .971  .959  1.70  1.32  3.09  2.53   26  198.0
 1925 24 PHA AL   P   10      1    6    0    1 1.000  .959  0.70  1.40  3.10  2.66    0   20.3
 1926 25 TOT AL   P   33      8   58    4    3  .943  .957  2.00  1.39  4.44  2.66   14  133.7
         PHA AL   P   13      5   14    0    0 1.000  .955  1.46  1.39  5.39  2.67    1   31.7
         BOS AL   P   20      3   44    4    3  .922  .957  2.35  1.39  4.15  2.66   13  102.0
 1928 27 NYY AL   P   13      0   16    0    2 1.000  .958  1.23  1.37  2.12  2.44    9   68.0
 1929 28 NYY AL   P   35      6   37    0    1 1.000  .958  1.23  1.29  2.87  2.34   10  134.7
 1930 29 BRO NL   P    9      0    3    0    1 1.000  .968  0.33  1.10  3.70  2.22    0    7.3
 1931 30 BRO NL   P   31      8   44    0    3 1.000  .959  1.68  1.20  3.46  2.22   10  135.3
 1932 31 BRO NL   P   36     10   41    0    1 1.000  .957  1.42  1.21  2.74  2.29   15  167.7
 1933 32 BRO NL   P   10      0    6    0    1 1.000  .968  0.60  1.28  1.82  2.36    3   29.7
+---- Fielding Sorted by Position --+
1923 22 PHA AL  1B    6     54    2    2    1  .966  .989  9.33 10.22                        

 1920 19 PHA AL   P    1      1    5    0    0 1.000  .952  6.00  1.70 10.80  2.70    1    5.0
 1921 20 PHA AL   P    1      1    5    0    0 1.000  .952  6.00  1.60  6.00  2.70    1    9.0
 1922 21 PHA AL   P   37      7   46    3    4  .946  .964  1.43  1.48  2.78  2.60   19  171.7
 1923 22 PHA AL   P   40     14   54    4    2  .944  .959  1.70  1.49  2.94  2.72   19  208.3
 1924 23 PHA AL   P   40     11   57    2    1  .971  .959  1.70  1.32  3.09  2.53   26  198.0
 1925 24 PHA AL   P   10      1    6    0    1 1.000  .959  0.70  1.40  3.10  2.66    0   20.3
 1926 25 TOT AL   P   33      8   58    4    3  .943  .957  2.00  1.39  4.44  2.66   14  133.7
         PHA AL   P   13      5   14    0    0 1.000  .955  1.46  1.39  5.39  2.67    1   31.7
         BOS AL   P   20      3   44    4    3  .922  .957  2.35  1.39  4.15  2.66   13  102.0
 1928 27 NYY AL   P   13      0   16    0    2 1.000  .958  1.23  1.37  2.12  2.44    9   68.0
 1929 28 NYY AL   P   35      6   37    0    1 1.000  .958  1.23  1.29  2.87  2.34   10  134.7
 1930 29 BRO NL   P    9      0    3    0    1 1.000  .968  0.33  1.10  3.70  2.22    0    7.3
 1931 30 BRO NL   P   31      8   44    0    3 1.000  .959  1.68  1.20  3.46  2.22   10  135.3
 1932 31 BRO NL   P   36     10   41    0    1 1.000  .957  1.42  1.21  2.74  2.29   15  167.7
 1933 32 BRO NL   P   10      0    6    0    1 1.000  .968  0.60  1.28  1.82  2.36    3   29.7
+--------------+---+----+------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+------+
 Position Total   P* 296     67  378   13   20  .972  .959  1.50  1.34              127 1288.7
                 1B    6     54    2    2    1  .966  .989  9.33 10.22                        
+--------------+---+----+------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+------+
 Overall Total       302    121  380   15   21  .971  .962  1.66  1.52            

Awards are Year-League-Award, Stats are Year-Value-Rank, (Pos) for All-Star indicates starter & * indicates they played.

Won-Loss %
1929 AL-.647-5
1932 NL-.692-2

Bases on Balls/9IP
1932 NL-1.50-6

Saves
1929 AL-4-5

Shutouts
1929 AL-3-5

Home Runs Allow.
1922 AL-18-5
1923 AL-14-2

SO to Walk
1924 AL-1.00-9

Earned Runs Allow.
1924 AL-104-10

Hit Batsmen
1932 NL-6-3

Games Finished
1923 AL-13-9
1929 AL-15-6
1931 NL-15-7
1932 NL-15-10

Youngest Player
1920 AL-19-3
1921 AL-20-4
1922 AL-21-8

   



Lima, Ohio News - March 29, 1936

Fred Heimach, former Yankee and Dodger flinger, is operating a barbecue stand in Miami, Florida.


Mason City, Iowa Globe Gazette - March 29, 1946

Fred Heimach, former major league southpaw, is a member of the Miami police force.


Brownsville, Texas Herald - January 5, 1950

Walter Winchell On Broadway

Remember Fred Heimach? He pitched for the Yanks. He's now a sergeant on the Miami Beach police force...




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