Herb Hippauf

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Herbert August Hippauf

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Herb Hippauf pitched three games for the Atlanta Braves 1966. The Braves, in the first season after they moved from Milwaukee, went 85-77 that year. Herb was two years older than teammate and catcher Joe Torre, and the same age as teammate and pitcher Phil Niekro.

Hippauf was born in New York, NY, but the family moved to Pasadena, CA before 1950 and that is where he went to school. He was signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Braves and spent his entire minor league career with the organization. In his first two seasons he went 14-8 for the Boise Braves and 10-5 for the Yakima Braves. In 1965 he garnered attention by going 15-9 with a 2.87 ERA for the Austin Braves, and in April 1966 he was in the majors.

Herb's three games were in late April and early May of 1966. In his major league debut, Torre was the catcher and the lineup also included Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews. Hippauf took the loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Don Sutton took the win.

In 1967 he pitched for the Richmond Braves, going 8-7. He was a year older than Hank's brother Tommie Aaron, who was a teammate.

Herb was pitching coach of the Idaho Falls Braves in 1987-1988. He later served as national cross-checker for the Colorado Rockies. The Herb Hippauf Scouting Award is awarded annually to the individual who exemplifies loyalty, dedication, honesty and is committed to the best interest of the Rockies.

He died of cancer in 1995.

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