All-Time MLB Players From Louisiana: Wally Hebert
There have been a number of individuals from Lafayette, and the Acadiana area, that have played in Major League Baseball over the years.
Obviously, the entire state of Louisiana has produced even more.
As a matter of fact, 246 people born in the state of Louisiana have appeared in a Major League Baseball game, beginning in 1874, with John Peters of New Orleans, who played 11 years, with the likes of the Chicago White Stockings, Milwaukee Grays, Providence Grays, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
All summer, we’ll preview a player from the state of Louisiana that appeared in Major League baseball, starting with players from Lafayette, before spotlighting players from the Acadiana area, and then a few from the state itself.
Yesterday, we spotlighted Russ Springer.
Today, we feature Wally Hebert.
Born in Lake Charles in 1907, Hebert, a left-handed pitcher, played parts of 4 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the St. Louis Browns (1931-1933) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1943).
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Hebert made his Major League debut on May 1, 1931, at the age of 23, tossing one scoreless inning against the Chicago White Sox.
Hebert went on to appear in 23 games for the Browns in 1931, going 6-7 with a 5.07 ERA.
1932 saw Hebert slipped, as he went 1-12 with a 6.48 ERA., before going 4-6 with a 5.30 ERA. in 1933.
Hebert then spent the next 9 season in the minor leagues, going 22–15 with a 2.37 in 40 games in 1942, before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1942 Rule 5 DRaft.
With the Pirates in 1943, Hebert went 10–11 with a 2.98 ERA in 34 games, including 23 starts.
The Pirates offered Hebert a contract for the 1944 season, but he elected to retire.
In 4 seasons in Major League Baseball, Hebert went 21–36 with a 4.63 in 125 big league appearances, including 61 starts.
In the minor leagues, Hebert posted a 162–139 record, as well as a .239 batting average.