When David Schultz moved to Massillon some 30 years ago, he didn’t have to be introduced to Mike Hershberger to know who he was.
As one of a handful of Massillon products who went on to experience success as a Major League Baseball player — a group that included Tommy Heinrich and Joe Sparma — Hershberger’s reputation preceded him.
“I certainly knew who he was,” said Schultz, a former publisher of The Independent who now serves as a trustee at the Massillon Museum. “Being a baseball fan, the first names that clicked when I moved to Massillon were Tommy Heinrich and Mike Hershberger.
“Eleven years in the big leagues, that’s a significant career. That’s a major leaguer.”
Indeed it is. Turns out Hershberger didn’t just enjoy a major league career, but also a major league life.
That life came to end when Hershberger, 72, died Sunday evening following a brief illness.