Herbert Perry only played for the White Sox for two seasons but became a fan favorite in large part because of White Sox broadcaster, Hawk Harrelson’s fascination with him.
Perry manned third base for the South Siders during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, but prior to that starred on both the football and baseball fields for the University of Florida.
Perry played the early part of his career with the Cleveland Indians before various injuries took him away from the majors for three seasons. It was during this time that ol’ Herbie and his brother famously bought two cows to restart their parent’s dairy business earning him the nickname of The Milkman.
The dairy connoisseur returned to baseball in 1999 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before being traded to yours truly, the Chicago White Sox.
Perry made his debut in April of 2000 and played his way to a career-high .308 average while manning the hot corner.
He wrapped up one of his best seasons by being alone bright spot during the 2000 ALDS sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners by batting .444 (4 for 9) with 2 walks over the 3 games.
The cow wrangler couldn’t stay healthy the following season and struggled at the plate which leads the South Side squad to deal Perry to the Texas Rangers. The move also opened up third base for the captain of the clutch and World Series legend, Joe Crede, so it is safe to say the team did the right thing.
All in all, Herbert Perry’s time with the Sox was short-lived and rather forgettable, but the Milkman will always live on in random sports trivia questions.
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