Alexander “Stubby” Herman

Alexander 'Stubby' Herman

Alexander 'Stubby' Herman

Alexander Herman, a seventh-generation Santa Barbara native, attended local schools and, along with his brothers Ernest and Fred, was a life-long and well-known baseball player, umpire and coach.

Affectionately known as Stubby, Herman was awarded the first-ever SBART Russ Hargreaves Award. A dedicated local umpire for 28 years, Herman was also a familiar face at the Fairview Unocal Car Wash in Goleta for 23 years. Herman called minor-league games at Laguna Park as well as for UCSB, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Westmont, Ventura College and the local high schools. Herman also organized leagues and taught baseball at the Boys Club.

Herman briefly played professional baseball in the Texas-Arizona League, batting .385 as a catcher and outfielder. He played for the Santa Barbara Cubs, one of the local semipro teams in the 1930s. Satchel Paige, the great Negro League pitcher, played some exhibition games in Santa Barbara and Herman was his catcher.

Herman passed away at the age of 91 in 2006.