Hank Workman

Henry Kilgariff Workman (February 5, 1926 – March 16, 2020) was an American professional baseball player who appeared in two games in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees during the 1950 season. Workman was listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 185 pounds (84 kg). He threw right-handed and batted left-handed. He was born in Los Angeles, California.

Hank Workman
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Hank Workman's signature
First baseman
Born: (1926-02-05)February 5, 1926
Los Angeles, California
Died: March 16, 2020(2020-03-16) (aged 94)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1950, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1950, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Games played2
At bats5

Workman attended the University of Southern California and was elected to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.[1] He was captain of the USC Trojans baseball team that won the 1948 College World Series, playing also on USC conference winners in 1946–47. Workman's father, Tom, also lettered in baseball at USC (in 1912).[1]

In his brief big league career, Workman played one game as a first baseman and appeared in the other as a pinch hitter. He had one hit in five at bats—a single off Harry Taylor of the Boston Red Sox on October 1, 1950[2]—for a .200 batting average. Workman replaced future Baseball Hall of Fame member Joe DiMaggio as the fourth batter in the lineup the day he played first base. He also played six years in minor league baseball, where he was primarily an outfielder, and in Cuba during the winter of 1952–53. Workman became a lawyer after his baseball career ended.[1]

Workman enlisted in the United States military, during World War II, in 1944 and was in the naval aviation training program when World War II ended. He went to Loyola Law School and then practiced law in Los Angeles. Workman died on March 16, 2020, in Santa Monica, California.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "2009 Inductees For USC Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced". USC Athletics. October 11, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Boston Red Sox 7, New York Yankees 3". www.retrosheet.org. October 1, 1950. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hank Workman, All-American and Captain of USC's 1948 Champion Baseball Team, Dies". USC Athletics. March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2020.

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