Former USC Baseball Co-Captain John Herbst Passes Away At Age 60

Oct. 12, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- John Herbst, who was a co-captain of the 1967 USC baseball team, died last Saturday (Oct. 8) from a heart attack. He was 60.

A three-year (1965-67) letterman at USC as a pitcher, Herbst posted a career mark of 26-8 with a 2.93 ERA. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in his 1966 junior season with an 11-4 record and 3.26 ERA. The 1966 team won the CIBA co-championship and also played in the College World Series.

In 279 2/3 innings at USC, Herbst allowed just 48 walks and struck out 258 batters. He led the Trojans in 1965 with 23 appearances and 101 strikeouts.

He was drafted three times, including being selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round (14th overall) of the 1966 January second phase draft. Herbst was selected in the draft ahead of the Dodgers' fourth-round selection, current USC athletic director and 1965 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett. After his USC career, he signed with the Philadelphia Philles and eventually reached the Triple-A level.

As a member of the 1964 Alaska Goldpanners, Herbst participated in the famed Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, Alaska, a game played in the Alaska Baseball League when no artificial lighting is needed.

He is survived by his brother, Jim, and sisters, Mary, Nancy and Janie. Herbst also has 11 nieces and nephews.

Services will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Saint Cyril Catholic Church (15520 Ventura Blvd., Encino) at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association.

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