Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 Lancaster Barnstormers Tom Herr

Who is this? Lancaster Barnstormers manager Tom Herr
What is this? An autographed card from this year's Barnstormers team set
Where'd I get it? Herr signed it for me before a game in Newark earlier this year.
How much did it cost? The team set was around $6 shipped.

Why is this so special? Tom Herr spent 13 seasons in the majors, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. He was an All-Star and won a World Series ring.

The Lancaster, Pa. native was picked as the first manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers prior to the 2005 Atlantic League season. In 2006, He led them to their only Atlantic League championship. Herr's success drew the attention of the Washington Nationals, who hired him to manage their South Atlantic League affiliate in Hagerstown in 2007.

Herr left the Washington organization after just one season and returned to the Barnstormers as a coach under new manager Von Hayes.When Hayes left Lancaster to manage the Camden Riversharks in 2010, Herr regained the lineup card in Lancaster.

Herr has always been a willing autograph signer during his time in the Atlantic League, and he has a very neat signature. As Zach pointed out, Herr's son Aaron has an autograph that is very similar to his father's. I find that absolutely fascinating -- my handwriting is nothing like my Dad's.

Lancaster neglected to include Herr and Hayes in their original 2009 team set. They issued a 10-card update set including both late last season. I also got Herr's card from that set signed earlier this summer.

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