Originally Posted by Reds Freak
Here's a photo of Willard Hershberger (#5), played for the Reds from 1938-1940 and was the backup catcher for Ernie Lombardi. Hershberger has the distinction of being the only major league player to commit suicide during the season. During one point in the 1940 season, Hershberger got to play a few games in a row after Lombardi got banged up. Hershberger blamed himself for a few of the losses during that stretch and sadly committed suicide August 3, 1940.
The Reds ended up winning the World Series that year and donated a portion of their championship winnings to Hershberger's mother...
Bump. No pic of the number, tixe (my bad) but here is the backstory courtesy Reds Freak.