Fun facts about Ron Herbel:
-Leads University of Northern Colorado alumni in career major league wins (42).
-His first full season in the major leagues was his best. As a swingman with the 1964 Giants, he went 9-9 with seven complete games and a 3.07 ERA.
-Struck out a personal-best 14 Reds batters in a 7-hit, complete game win on June 24, 1964.
-Won a career-high 12 games in 1965.
-In 1970, Ron led the National League with 76 games pitched, all but one in relief. He tossed 124 innings between the Padres and Mets, going 9-7 and finishing 38 games.
-With a career batting average of .029 (6-for-206), Herbel is the worst hitter in major league history with at least 100 at-bats. That's a -70 OPS+. He did hit two doubles, at least. Said Herbel, "I hit 10 homers my senior year in high school. But I didn't have to face Koufax and Drysdale in high school."
-Another amusing quote, this one from Bob Uecker: "I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase." To be fair, Herbel actually stayed in after giving up the granny and pitched a scoreless inning and one-third. The damage had been done, and the Giants lost to the Braves, 9-2.
-A not-so-fun fact is that Ron passed away on January 20, 2000 at age 62.
-I should also mention that Ron Herbel is unfortunately one of those players who has sparse biographical information online; even Wikipedia and the Baseball Reference Bullpen are pretty bare. A Yahoo search for his name turned up the checklist page of my blog in the first ten results.