Today's featured '65er is role player John Herrnstein, who continues the recent trend of players with ties to Michigan (he was a multi-sport athlete at UM, and even captained the Wolverine football team). He opened eyes with his power output in the minors, hitting 98 home runs in five seasons. Following cups of coffee in Philadelphia in 1962 and 1963, John appeared in over 100 games in 1964. In 25 of those games he was used as a pinch hitter, and shined in the role (7-for-21, 2 BB, 1 HR). He didn't fare quite as well in his other at bats, hitting .234 overall. That would be his high-water mark in a brief career. The outfielder/first baseman settled right on the Mendoza Line the following year, and pinballed around the National League in 1966. He played for three teams (Phillies, Cubs, and Braves) in just 30 games, batting .178 in what would be his final go-round in the majors. The most interesting footnote to his career? When the Phils traded him to the Cubs in a package for veteran pitcher Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl, one of the other players acquired by Chicago was a rookie hurler named Fergie Jenkins.
Fun fact: John's first career home run was a game-winner in September of 1963. With the Phillies and the host Giants tied 4-4 in the top of the ninth, Herrnstein pinch hit for shortstop Bobby Wine and deposited a Don Larsen pitch over the right field fence.