Henry “Heinie” Zimmerman (1887-1969) enjoyed one of the best seasons in baseball history, threatening for the Triple Crown in 1912, as he led the National League in hits (207), doubles (41), homeruns (14), batting average (.372), slugging percentage (.571) and total bases (318), but shockingly finished sixth in MVP voting. The Great Zim also led the NL in RBI twice in his career with the Chicago Cubs (1907-1916) and the New York Giants (1916-1919). His exploits at the plate notwithstanding, Heinie is often best remembered for the botched rundown of Hall of Fame White Sox second baseman Eddie Collins in Game 6 of the 1917 World Series which allowed Collins to score the series clinching run. With no one backing up home plate during the exchange, Zimmerman was unable to catch the speedy Collins, who scored easily. The Great Zim was then the goat of the series. Heinie played in three World Series, wining the 1907 fall classic with the Cubs over the Detroit Tigers. Over his 13-year career, Heinie Zimmerman amassed 1,566 hits including 275 doubles and 58 home runs, scored 695 runs, stole 175 bases and drove in 796 runs while batting .295 for the Cubs and Giants.
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