An all star in 1962, Herbert pitched for 14 years in the majors, winning 104 games with a 4.01 ERA. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1950 and saw limited action over the next two years. After missing 1952 to military service, Herbert returned to the Tigers in 1953 and pitched in 43 games but posted a 5.24 ERA. He continued to struggle over the next couple of years and was sent back to the minors in 1956 where he remained until coming back up with the Kansas City A’s in 1958. Upon his return, Herbert was a different pitcher. He saw his ERA drop to 3.50 in 1958, then won 11 games in 1959. It started a string of solid seasons for him that culminated in a 20-9 campaign for the Chicago White Sox in 1962. He won 13 games the next year for Chicago while leading the American League in shutouts (7). Herbert spent one more year on the south side before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for the final two seasons of his career.
Herbert’s best seasons came with the White Sox. He finished 29th in the 1962 MVP vote while pitching for Chicago. He also won the All-Star Game that year. He pitched three innings in relief of starter Dave Stenhouse, giving up three hits but no runs to get the all-star win.
Ray Herbert – career stats