Ron Kittle Stats

Ron Kittle was born on Sunday, January 5, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. Kittle was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 2, 1982, with the Chicago White Sox. 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 Ron Kittle baseball stats page.

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"It was hard to give up on Ron Kittle - because he never gave up on himself. The right-handed power hitter won the Rookie of the Year Award with the White Sox in 1983. Five years earlier he had been released by the Dodgers after having part of his spine fused, one of several injuries that limited Kittle to only two full seasons in a 10-year major league career." - Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia (Matthew Silverman, Total Sports, May 2000, Page 611)

Ron Kittle

Ron Kittle Autograph on a 1985 Donruss (#180)

Ron Kittle Autograph on a 1985 Donruss (#180)

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Birth Name:
Ronald Dale Kittle
Nickname:
Ron
Born On:
01-05-1958  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Gary, Indiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Wirt High School (Miller, IN)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
220
First Game:
09-02-1982 (Age 24)
Last Game:
08-13-1991
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Ron Kittle Pitching Stats

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Ron Kittle Hitting Stats

1982 24 White Sox 20 29 3 7 2 0 1 0 7 3 0 12 0 0 0 0 .241 .313 .414
1983 25 White Sox 145 520 75 132 19 3 35 0 100 39 8 150 0 3 8 10 .254 .314 .504
1984 26 White Sox 139 466 67 100 15 0 32 0 74 49 5 137 0 4 6 7 .215 .295 .453
1985 27 White Sox 116 379 51 87 12 0 26 0 58 31 1 92 0 2 5 12 .230 .295 .467
1986 28 White Sox 86 296 34 63 11 0 17 0 48 28 0 87 0 6 3 10 .213 .282 .422
1986 28 Yankees 30 80 8 19 2 0 4 0 12 7 1 23 0 2 0 0 .238 .292 .413
1987 29 Yankees 59 159 21 44 5 0 12 0 28 10 1 36 0 3 1 4 .277 .318 .535
1988 30 Indians 75 225 31 58 8 0 18 0 43 16 1 65 0 5 8 0 .258 .323 .533
1989 31 White Sox 51 169 26 51 10 0 11 0 37 22 1 42 0 4 1 2 .302 .378 .556
1990 32 White Sox 83 277 29 68 14 0 16 0 43 24 2 77 0 1 3 3 .245 .311 .469
1990 32 Orioles 22 61 4 10 2 0 2 0 3 2 0 14 0 0 1 3 .164 .203 .295
1991 33 White Sox 17 47 7 9 0 0 2 0 7 5 0 9 0 1 2 2 .191 .291 .319
10 Years 843 2,708 356 648 100 3 176 0 460 236 20 744 0 31 38 53 .239 .306 .473

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Ron Kittle Fielding Stats

1982 White Sox RF 5 5 87 3 0.6 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.93
1983 White Sox CF 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1983 White Sox LF 139 137 3,489 252 1.8 244 237 7 8 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 1.89
1984 White Sox LF 124 118 3,096 236 1.9 229 216 13 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.00
1985 White Sox LF 57 55 1,254 94 1.6 93 90 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.00
1986 White Sox LF 20 20 483 41 2.1 41 37 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.29
1986 Yankees LF 1 1 24 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1987 Yankees LF 2 1 27 5 2.5 5 4 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.00
1989 White Sox 1B 27 27 615 223 8.3 219 208 11 4 28 n/a n/a n/a .982 9.61
1989 White Sox LF 5 3 75 9 1.8 9 8 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.24
1990 White Sox 1B 25 24 492 157 6.3 155 150 5 2 18 n/a n/a n/a .987 8.51
1990 Orioles 1B 5 2 84 27 5.4 27 26 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.68
1991 White Sox 1B 15 14 297 109 7.3 107 101 6 2 8 n/a n/a n/a .982 9.73
LF Totals 348 335 8,448 639 1.8 623 594 29 16 3 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.99
1B Totals 72 67 1,488 516 7.2 508 485 23 8 55 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.22
RF Totals 5 5 87 3 0.6 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.93
CF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
9 Years 426 407 10,023 1,158 2.7 1,134 1,082 52 24 58 n/a n/a n/a .979 3.05

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Ron Kittle Miscellaneous Stats

1982 White Sox 0 0 .000 14 1 3 29.0 2.4 4.1 - - -
1983 White Sox 8 3 .727 6 1 2 14.9 3.5 5.2 - - -
1984 White Sox 3 6 .333 13 1 7 14.6 3.4 6.3 - - -
1985 White Sox 1 4 .200 9 1 57 14.6 4.1 6.5 - - -
1986 White Sox 2 1 .667 5 0 62 17.4 3.4 6.2 - - -
1986 Yankees 2 0 1.000 9 0 24 20.0 3.5 6.7 - - -
1987 Yankees 0 1 .000 18 0 49 13.3 4.4 5.7 - - -
1988 Indians 0 0 .000 17 0 63 12.5 3.5 5.2 - - -
1989 White Sox 0 1 .000 4 0 17 15.4 4.0 4.6 - - -
1990 White Sox 0 0 .000 8 0 54 17.3 3.6 6.4 - - -
1990 Orioles 0 0 .000 7 0 13 30.5 4.4 20.3 - - -
1991 White Sox 0 0 .000 2 1 0 23.5 5.2 6.7 - - -
10 Years 16 16 .500 112 5 351 15.4 3.6 5.9 - - -

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Ron Kittle Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1982 Chicago White Sox 42 $37,500.00 - -
1983 Chicago White Sox 42 $45,000.00 Stats -
1984 Chicago White Sox 42 $175,000.00 - -
1985 Chicago White Sox 42 $300,000.00 - -
1986 Chicago White Sox 42 $400,000.00 - -
1986 New York Yankees 33 "     " - -
1987 New York Yankees 33 $425,000.00 - -
1988 Cleveland Indians 33 $300,000.00 - -
1989 Chicago White Sox 42 $550,000.00 - -
1990 Chicago White Sox 42 $550,000.00 - -
1990 Baltimore Orioles 42 "     " - -
1991 Chicago White Sox 42 $450,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Ron Kittle hit thirty-five home runs his first full season, breaking the Chicago White Sox record for home runs in a season by a rookie set by Zeke Bonura (27 home runs), forty-nine years earlier (in 1934)? Kittle's record stood the test of time as well, staying in place for thirty-one years, until it was broken in 2014, by Jose Abreu , who hit thirty-six.

Ron Kittle and Jose Abreu each won the Rookie of the Year Award with the Chicago White Sox , due in part to those home runs, as well as both of them finishing with a 100-RBI season. In team history (since 1901, their first season), only two additional rookies ever had a 100-RBI, Smead Jolley (114 RBI in 1959 1930 ) and Zeke Bonura (110 RBI in 1959 1934 ).

Ron Kittle, 1983 Rookie of the Year
Ron Kittle | Rookie of the Year "Polaroid" by Ron Kittle | ( RonKittle.com )
Ron Kittle hit a home run every 14.9 at-bats in 1983, the best ratio in the entire American League that season (#2. Greg Luzinski 15.7, #3. Tony Armas 19.5, #4. Jim Rice 16.1 & #5. Eddie Murray 17.6). A year later, he did it again, connecting every 14.6 at-bats (#2. Tony Armas 14.9, #3 Dave Kingman 15.7, #4 Dwayne Murphy 16.9, #5. Lance Parrish 17.5). No White Sox player had ever lead in two consecutive seasons and only Dick Allen had ever even led twice (1972 & 1974).

The grand slam column in the Ron Kittle Hitting Stats section is correct, Ron Kittle hit 176 home runs in ten years, averaged 17.6 home runs a year, finished with four 20-home run seasons, two 30-home run seasons, and zero grand slams. Exactly one Major league player has hit more home runs (190) than Kittle (176), and still finished without a slam ( click here ).

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