View Full Version : Amazing Story From Reds History

04-26-2010, 10:16 AM
Ever heard of William Hershberger? I hadn't either. While researching players to use in whatifsports, I noticed that the Reds had retired the jersey #5 twice in their history. One of course was Bench, the other was Hershberger. Hershberger only played three seasons in the Majors and died in the middle of the 1940 season. How and why he died is pretty incredible. I wont spoil it for you, but here is some background to why his number was temporarily retired.

The Story of William Hershberger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Hershberger)

04-26-2010, 10:33 AM
Wow. Poor guy.

04-26-2010, 10:43 AM
That story could be a movie!

04-26-2010, 08:37 PM
I wonder why his jersey was "unretired" just a year-and-a-half later?

How soon they forget.

It's my guess that suicide was looked at as a cowardly, self-centered act (as it should be), and with the start of WWII for the U.S. just prior to the "unretirement", they probably didn't think it was appropriate to retire the number of someone who would perform such a cowardly, self-centered act.