Place of Birth:
June 27, 1921
Died: January 20, 1987 New York, New York
Military Unit: 326th Glider Infantry Regiment, 13th Airborne Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Hank Behrman on Baseball-Almanac
Henry B “Hank” Behrman was born on June 27, 1921
In 1942, he was 14-11 with
Stationed at Alliance Army Air Base,
On January 13, 1945,
the 326th moved to
With peace in
Glider Infantry Regiment arrived in
|Hank Behrman (far
right) with Bob Fontaine, John Wright and Jackie Robinson
at the Montreal Royals spring training camp at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1946.
Behrman – 24 years old – made his major league debut on April 17, 1946, with a 4-2 win against the Boston Braves. He went on to appear in 47 games that year (second most appearances by a pitcher in the National League that year) and compiled an impressive 11-5 record with a 2.93 ERA.
for curfews on the road and pre-game reporting times at Ebbets
Field, however, caused friction with his managers and Dodgers’
general manager, Branch Rickey. Stories abound about Behrman’s
casual approach to his profession. He once showed up at the park in
He was even given an off-season job as assistant groundkeeper at Ebbets Field so Rickey could keep an eye on his independent pitcher. But on May 3, 1947, Behrman was part of a five-player trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for Al Gionfriddo. The move caused quite a stir at the time as Behrman’s part of the deal was “conditional,” and following ten subpar performances with the Pirates, he was returned to the Dodgers. Behrman finished the 1947 season with 50 appearances (again, second highest in the National League) with an inflated 6.25 ERA and 5-5 won-loss record. He also made five relief appearances in the 1947 World Series against the Yankees.
began the 1948 season with
joined the Oakland Oaks in 1950. He was 17-8 for the Pacific Coast
League champions. The following year he was with the Oaks, the San
Francisco Seals and
passed away in
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