Charlie Keller Stats

Charlie Keller was born on Tuesday, September 12, 1916, in Middletown, Maryland. Keller was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 22, 1939, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Charlie Keller baseball stats page.

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"In 1939, the Yankees promoted the super-prospect they'd kept down in the minors for a few years. His name was Charlie Keller, a short (5-foot-10) but powerfully built outfielder with eyebrows that had been borrowed from a passing lowlands gorilla. Lefty Gomez said Keller didn't look like he'd been scouted, he looked like he'd been trapped." - Sportscaster Steven Goldman on YES Network (11/29/2004)

Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller Autograph on a 1978 Grand Slam Baseball Card (#62)

Charlie Keller Autograph on a 1978 Grand Slam Baseball Card (#62)

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Birth Name:
Charles Ernest Keller
Nickname:
Charlie - King Kong
Born On:
09-12-1916  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Middletown, Maryland
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-23-1990 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Frederick, Maryland
Cemetery:
Christ Reformed Cemetery, Middletown, Maryland
High School:
Middletown High School (Middletown, MD)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
04-22-1939 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-14-1952
Draft:
Not Applicable

Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller Pitching Stats

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Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller Hitting Stats

1939 23 Yankees 111 398 87 133 21 6 11 0 83 81 - 49 11 - 0 4 .334 .447 .500
1940 24 Yankees 138 500 102 143 18 15 21 1 93 106 - 65 3 - 0 11 .286 .411 .508
1941 25 Yankees 140 507 102 151 24 10 33 2 122 102 - 65 0 - 1 3 .298 .416 .580
1942 26 Yankees 152 544 106 159 24 9 26 2 108 114 - 61 1 - 2 5 .292 .417 .513
1943 27 Yankees 141 512 97 139 15 11 31 0 86 106 - 60 2 - 0 7 .271 .396 .525
1945 29 Yankees 44 163 26 49 7 4 10 1 34 31 - 21 0 - 0 2 .301 .412 .577
1946 30 Yankees 150 538 98 148 29 10 30 1 101 113 - 101 0 - 4 5 .275 .405 .533
1947 31 Yankees 45 151 36 36 6 1 13 0 36 41 - 18 0 - 1 3 .238 .404 .550
1948 32 Yankees 83 247 41 66 15 2 6 0 44 41 - 25 1 - 0 7 .267 .372 .417
1949 33 Yankees 60 116 17 29 4 1 3 0 16 25 - 15 1 - 2 3 .250 .392 .379
1950 34 Tigers 50 51 7 16 1 3 2 0 16 13 - 6 0 - 0 0 .314 .453 .569
1951 35 Tigers 54 62 6 16 2 0 3 0 21 11 - 12 1 - 0 0 .258 .370 .435
1952 36 Yankees 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 - 0 0 .000 .000 .000
13 Years 1,170 3,790 725 1,085 166 72 189 7 760 784 - 499 20 - 10 50 .286 .410 .518

Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller Fielding Stats

1939 Yankees LF 48 46 1,224 111 2.3 108 107 1 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.38
1939 Yankees RF 57 56 1,494 115 2.0 110 106 4 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.99
1940 Yankees LF 65 65 1,656 175 2.7 169 166 3 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.76
1940 Yankees RF 71 70 1,878 158 2.2 153 151 2 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.20
1941 Yankees LF 137 137 393 342 2.5 335 328 7 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 23.02
1942 Yankees LF 152 152 456 336 2.2 331 321 10 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 19.60
1943 Yankees LF 141 141 420 348 2.5 346 338 8 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .994 22.24
1945 Yankees LF 44 44 1,194 114 2.6 114 110 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.58
1946 Yankees LF 149 146 36 335 2.2 328 324 4 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 246.00
1946 Yankees RF 3 3 75 5 1.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1947 Yankees LF 43 43 1,095 90 2.1 87 85 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.15
1948 Yankees LF 66 60 1,515 130 2.0 127 126 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.26
1949 Yankees LF 31 23 489 42 1.4 41 41 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.26
1949 Yankees RF 4 3 87 3 0.8 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.93
1950 Tigers LF 1 1 27 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.00
1950 Tigers RF 5 3 102 5 1.0 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.32
1951 Tigers LF 4 3 87 9 2.3 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.79
1951 Tigers RF 4 3 87 13 3.3 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.03
1952 Yankees LF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
LF Totals 882 861 8,595 2,037 2.3 2,000 1,960 40 37 5 n/a n/a n/a .982 6.28
RF Totals 144 138 3,723 299 2.1 289 283 6 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.10
13 Years 1,026 999 12,318 2,336 2.3 2,289 2,243 46 47 6 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.02

Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller Miscellaneous Stats

1939 Yankees 6 3 .667 6 0 n/a 36.2 8.1 4.8 - - -
1940 Yankees 8 2 .800 2 0 n/a 23.8 7.7 5.4 - - -
1941 Yankees 6 4 .600 3 0 n/a 15.4 7.8 4.2 - - -
1942 Yankees 14 2 .875 0 0 n/a 20.9 8.9 5.0 - - -
1943 Yankees 7 5 .583 0 0 n/a 16.5 8.5 6.0 - - -
1945 Yankees 0 2 .000 0 0 n/a 16.3 7.8 4.8 - - -
1946 Yankees 1 4 .200 1 0 n/a 17.9 5.3 5.3 - - -
1947 Yankees 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 11.6 8.4 4.2 - - -
1948 Yankees 1 1 .500 19 0 n/a 41.2 9.9 5.6 - - -
1949 Yankees 2 0 1.000 32 0 n/a 38.7 7.7 7.3 - - -
1950 Tigers 0 0 .000 45 0 n/a 25.5 8.5 3.2 - - -
1951 Tigers 0 0 .000 47 0 n/a 20.7 5.2 3.0 - - -
1952 Yankees 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 - - -
13 Years 45 23 .662 158 0 n/a 20.1 7.6 5.0 - - -

Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1939 New York Yankees 9 $6,000.00 - Stats
1940 New York Yankees 9 $10,000.00 Stats -
1941 New York Yankees 9 $10,000.00 Stats Stats
1942 New York Yankees 9 $16,000.00 - Stats
1943 New York Yankees 9 $18,000.00 Stats Stats
1945 New York Yankees 12 $21,000.00 n/a -
1946 New York Yankees 12 $23,000.00 Stats -
1947 New York Yankees 12 $25,000.00 Stats -
1948 New York Yankees 12 $27,500.00 - -
1949 New York Yankees 9 , 12 $20,625.00 - -
1950 Detroit Tigers 27 $15,000.00 - -
1951 Detroit Tigers 27 $20,000.00 - -
1952 New York Yankees 28 , 99 $3,000.00 - -
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Did you know that when Charlie Keller put on uniform #99 in 1952, he became the first player in Major League history to wear the number in a regular season game? It would not be worn for another twenty-five years though when Willie Crawford wore #99 for the 1977 Oakland Athletics .

Charlie Keller
Charlie Keller | New York Yankees Press Photo | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
When Charlie Keller passed away on May 23, 1990, teammate / close friend / 5x All-Star Tommy Henrich said in his obituary (Pittsburgh Press, "Charlie Keller, ex-Yankee, dies", Page 29), "Everybody knew Charlie Keller was a great ballplayer, but he was a lot more than that. He was a true-blue man. A man's man. You hear so much about the term 'True Yankee.' Well, Charlie Keller personified what the Yankees used to stand for."

In Game 3 of the 1939 World Series , Charlie Keller hit a home run in the first inning and fifth inning off Junior Thompson , becoming the first rookie in World Series history to hit two home runs in a single World Series game. Eighteen years later, Keller's feat was duplicated, by another New York Yankee , in Game 3 of the 1957 World Series . Do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

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