Heinie Zimmerman


Chicago Cubs World Series Champion (1907, 1908)

Birthday:  February 9, 1887
Died:  March 14, 1969

Chicago Cubs (1907-1916)


Heine Zimmerman is a very underrated player in Cubs history.  He was a member of the Cubs World Series champion teams in 1907 and 1908, however these were his first two years in his career with a strong Cubs lineup, especially on the infield, Zimmerman's position, and he was not a starting player for the Cubs.  He struck out in his only at bat in the 2 Cubs World Series championship teams. 

In 1910, when the Cubs went to another World Series, Zimmerman was a, starter on the team, but did not have a good series, getting 4 hits in 17 at bats as the Cubs lost this World Series in 5 games.

Zimmerman's career really took off in 1911 when he batted .307 with 9 home runs and 85 RBI.

A very talented young player when Zimmerman joined the Cubs team, he was blocked by a very strong Cubs infield that included Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe tinker and Harry Steinfeldt.  When Stenifeldt was sold by the Cubs and another young Cubs infielder, Jimmy Doyle passed away, the third base job became zimmerman's job for the 1912 season.  He took advanatage of that opportunity by becoming the first and only Cubs hitter to win the triple crown (leading the NL in home runs (14), RBI's (104) and batting average (.372).

He was later traded to the Giants and played in another World Series for them.  Many reports circulated that Zimmerman was involved in throwing games for money.  His last year in major league baseball was 1919. 


Heine Zimmerman dates in Chicago Cubs history

April 14, 1909
Heine Zimmerman triples in the first run of the season on opening day to give the Cubs an early lead in a 3-1 Cubs victory over the Cardinals at West Side Grounds in Chicago. 

May 10, 1910

Heinie Zimmerman collects 4 hits in a 9-5 win over the Reds, but commits 4 errors as well. 

October 3, 1910
In Cincinnatti, the Reds defeat the Cubs 4-3 despite 2 home runs by Heine Zimmerman.  Both home runs are not only home runs, but they also fly
over the back wall at the Palace of the Fans.  It is the only known time of any hitter hitting a baseball out of the stadium in the 10 years that the Reds
played at the stadium.


June 7, 1911
 Both Heine Zimmerman & Al Kaiser of the Cubs steal home in the 7th inning against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

June 11, 1911
 Heine Zimmerman sets a Cubs record for RBI with 9 in a game in a 20-2 victory over Braves at West Side Grounds.

June 10, 1912
An amazing walk-off home run by Heine Zimmerman as Giants pitcher, Del Crandall was trying to intentionally walk Zimmerman with Joe tinker on third base in the tenth inning with the score tied 7-7.  Zimmerman took a running jump at the outside pitch and hit a home run to right field for a 9-7 Cubs victory.  It was Zimmerman's 2nd home run of the game.

June 24, 1915
 Heine Zimmerman pinch hit double drives in 2 runs & his steal of home gives Cubs walk-off 14-13 victory over Cardinals.

August 1, 1915
Cubs win 2-1 with the help of Heinie Zimmerman's inside the park home run.

April 20, 1916
Heine Zimmerman had a hand in the first game ever played at Wrigley Field (named Weeghman Park at thae time).  His 9th inning double ties the game 6-6 before the Cubs win the game on Vic Saier's walk-off single (Cubs 7 Reds 6)

June 5, 1916
Heine Zimmerman steals home for the only run of the game as the Cubs defeat the BRaves 1-0 in Boston.  Gene Packard pitches the shutout for the Cubs.

August 28, 1916
Cubs trade Heine Zimmerman and Mickey Doolan to the Giants for Larry Doyle, Herb Hunter & Merwin Jacobson.

Sources:

RBI's were not an official MLB statistic in 1912.  It took some research by SABR to confirm Heine Zimmerman's 104 RBI led the National League to verify that Zimmerman actually won the Triple Crown.

1912 Triple Crown

Baseball Reference: Heinie Zimmerman
Cubs Journal, John Snyder

SABR-Heinie Zimmerman







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