Ted Kluszewski Stats

Ted Kluszewski was born on Wednesday, September 10, 1924, in Argo, Illinois. Kluszewski was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1947, with the Cincinnati Reds. 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 Ted Kluszewski baseball stats page.

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"How hard is hitting? You ever walk into a pitch-black room full of furniture that you've never been in before and try to walk through it without bumping into anything? Well, it's harder than that." - Ted Kluszewski (1978, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, Source )

Ted Kluszewski

Ted Kluszewski Autograph on a 2005 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts (#Co-TK)

Ted Kluszewski Autograph on a 2005 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts (#Co-TK)

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Birth Name:
Theodore Bernard Kluszewski
Nickname:
Big Klu or Ted
Born On:
09-10-1924  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Argo, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-29-1988 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cemetery:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
High School:
Argo High School (Summit, IL)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
225
First Game:
04-18-1947 (Age 22)
Last Game:
10-01-1961
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Ted Kluszewski Pitching Stats

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Ted Kluszewski Hitting Stats

1947 23 Reds 9 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 - 0 0 .100 .182 .100
1948 24 Reds 113 379 49 104 23 4 12 0 57 18 9 32 0 - 0 14 .274 .307 .451
1949 25 Reds 136 531 63 164 26 2 8 1 68 19 3 24 0 - 0 10 .309 .333 .411
1950 26 Reds 134 538 76 165 37 0 25 0 111 33 13 28 0 - 1 20 .307 .348 .515
1951 27 Reds 154 607 74 157 35 2 13 0 77 35 11 33 0 - 2 16 .259 .301 .387
1952 28 Reds 135 497 62 159 24 11 16 1 86 47 15 28 1 - 4 13 .320 .383 .509
1953 29 Redlegs 149 570 97 180 25 0 40 0 108 55 6 34 0 - 4 13 .316 .380 .570
1954 30 Redlegs 149 573 104 187 28 3 49 0 141 78 15 35 0 5 3 12 .326 .407 .642
1955 31 Redlegs 153 612 116 192 25 0 47 0 113 66 25 40 0 4 4 10 .314 .382 .585
1956 32 Redlegs 138 517 91 156 14 1 35 1 102 49 22 31 0 5 3 11 .302 .362 .536
1957 33 Redlegs 69 127 12 34 7 0 6 0 21 5 3 5 0 0 1 2 .268 .301 .465
1958 34 Pirates 100 301 29 88 13 4 4 0 37 26 6 16 1 2 1 8 .292 .348 .402
1959 35 Pirates 60 122 11 32 10 1 2 0 17 5 1 14 0 0 0 3 .262 .291 .410
1959 35 White Sox 31 101 11 30 2 1 2 0 10 9 3 10 1 1 0 4 .297 .351 .396
1960 36 White Sox 81 181 20 53 9 0 5 0 39 22 5 10 0 3 0 3 .293 .364 .425
1961 37 Angels 107 263 32 64 12 0 15 0 39 24 5 23 0 3 0 4 .243 .303 .460
15 Years 1,718 5,929 848 1,766 290 29 279 3 1,028 492 142 365 3 23 23 143 .298 .353 .498

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Ted Kluszewski Fielding Stats

1947 Reds 1B 2 0 41 10 5.0 10 10 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.59
1948 Reds 1B 98 94 2,286 907 9.3 898 833 65 9 60 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.61
1949 Reds 1B 134 131 3,330 1,219 9.1 1,205 1,140 65 14 109 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.77
1950 Reds 1B 131 130 3,459 1,199 9.2 1,184 1,123 61 15 101 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.24
1951 Reds 1B 154 153 4,122 1,474 9.6 1,469 1,381 88 5 115 n/a n/a n/a .997 9.62
1952 Reds 1B 133 131 3,402 1,195 9.0 1,187 1,121 66 8 116 n/a n/a n/a .993 9.42
1953 Redlegs 1B 147 147 3,834 1,350 9.2 1,343 1,285 58 7 149 n/a n/a n/a .995 9.46
1954 Redlegs 1B 149 149 3,918 1,343 9.0 1,338 1,237 101 5 166 n/a n/a n/a .996 9.22
1955 Redlegs 1B 153 153 444 1,482 9.7 1,474 1,388 86 8 153 n/a n/a n/a .995 89.64
1956 Redlegs 1B 131 130 3,426 1,268 9.7 1,255 1,166 89 13 110 n/a n/a n/a .990 9.89
1957 Redlegs 1B 23 19 507 178 7.7 176 161 15 2 11 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.37
1958 Pirates 1B 72 72 1,776 631 8.8 627 591 36 4 62 n/a n/a n/a .994 9.53
1959 Pirates 1B 20 20 492 163 8.2 163 151 12 0 14 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.95
1959 White Sox 1B 29 29 621 230 7.9 230 220 10 0 13 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.00
1960 White Sox 1B 39 37 987 345 8.8 344 325 19 1 38 n/a n/a n/a .997 9.41
1961 Angels 1B 66 59 1,488 554 8.4 548 520 28 6 51 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.94
1B Totals 1,481 1,454 34,133 13,548 9.1 13,451 12,652 799 97 1,269 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.64
15 Years 1,481 1,454 34,133 13,548 9.1 13,451 12,652 799 97 1,269 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.64

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Ted Kluszewski Miscellaneous Stats

1947 Reds 0 0 .000 7 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 5.0 - - -
1948 Reds 1 0 1.000 15 0 n/a 31.6 11.8 6.6 - - -
1949 Reds 3 5 .375 2 0 n/a 66.4 22.1 7.8 - - -
1950 Reds 3 1 .750 4 0 n/a 21.5 19.2 4.8 - - -
1951 Reds 6 2 .750 0 0 n/a 46.7 18.4 7.9 - - -
1952 Reds 3 3 .500 3 0 n/a 31.1 17.8 5.8 - - -
1953 Redlegs 2 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 14.3 16.8 5.3 - - -
1954 Redlegs 0 2 .000 0 0 n/a 11.7 16.4 4.1 - - -
1955 Redlegs 1 1 .500 0 0 n/a 13.0 15.3 5.4 - - -
1956 Redlegs 1 0 1.000 8 0 n/a 14.8 16.7 5.1 - - -
1957 Redlegs 0 0 .000 50 0 n/a 21.2 25.4 6.0 - - -
1958 Pirates 0 0 .000 28 0 n/a 75.3 18.8 8.1 - - -
1959 Pirates 0 0 .000 40 0 n/a 61.0 8.7 7.2 - - -
1959 White Sox 0 1 .000 2 0 n/a 50.5 10.1 10.1 - - -
1960 White Sox 0 1 .000 44 0 n/a 36.2 18.1 4.6 - - -
1961 Angels 0 0 .000 47 0 n/a 17.5 11.4 6.7 - - -
15 Years 20 16 .556 252 0 n/a 21.3 16.2 5.8 - - -

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Ted Kluszewski Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1947 Cincinnati Reds 20 Undetermined - -
1948 Cincinnati Reds 20 , 18 Undetermined - -
1949 Cincinnati Reds 18 Undetermined - -
1950 Cincinnati Reds 18 Undetermined - -
1951 Cincinnati Reds 18 Undetermined - -
1952 Cincinnati Reds 18 Undetermined - -
1953 Cincinnati Redlegs 18 Undetermined Stats -
1954 Cincinnati Redlegs 18 Undetermined Stats -
1955 Cincinnati Redlegs 18 Undetermined Stats -
1956 Cincinnati Redlegs 18 Undetermined Stats -
1957 Cincinnati Redlegs 18 $40,000.00 - -
1958 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Undetermined - -
1959 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Undetermined - Stats
1959 Chicago White Sox 4 , 8 Undetermined - Stats
1960 Chicago White Sox 8 Undetermined - -
1961 Los Angeles Angels 15 Undetermined - -
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Theodore Bernard Kluszewski was a Major League Baseball player with the Cincinnati Reds (1947-1957), Pittsburgh Pirates (1958-1959), Chicago White Sox (1959-1960), and Los Angeles Angels (1961). Klu, his nickname, was an EXCELLENT fielder at first base, leading the National League in fielding average five times (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955), with some serious power, hitting 40-plus home runs three consecutive seasons (1953, 1954, 1955).

Did you know that Ted Kluszewski, in 1953, hit forty home runs, but struck out less than forty times? Four players, all of them hall of famers, had put together a season with forty-or-more homers while striking out forty-or-fewer times; Mel Ott (1929, 42 HRs, 38 SOs), Lou Gehrig (1934, 49 HRs, 31 SOs), Joe DiMaggio (1937, 46 HRs, 37 SOs), and Johnny Mize (1948, 40 HRs, 37 SOs). Big Klu, HOWEVER, did it twice more during his career (1954, 49 HRs, 35 SOs AND 1955, 47 HRs, 40 SOs) - the only player in baseball history to do it more than once during his career!

Did you know that Ted Kluszewski finished his career with more walks (492 BB) than strikeouts (365), one of several hundred players with more than 400 bases on balls, but fewer than 400 strikeouts. However, only one of those "400-400" players finished with more home runs than Big Klu, and his name was Joe DiMaggio ! Rounding out the set (400-400 players with 135-or-more career home runs) are Sid Gordon , Bill Dickey , Ken Williams , Al Rosen , Ernie Lombardi , Charlie Gehringer , Tommy Henrich , Eddie Robinson and Jackie Robinson . (Bold = HOF)

Big Klu remained on the Hall of Fame ballot for fifteen years (1967-1981), being removed after the Baseball Writers' Association of America only gave him 15% of their votes. The Cincinnati Reds inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1962, saying in part:

Ted Kluszewski. Class of 1962.

His mammoth arms made an immediate impact on the Reds. When he was first called up to the big leagues, he couldn't get his arms through the sleeves of his jersey. One story contends that after failing to get his arms into bigger and bigger jerseys, he simply cut off the sleeves at the top to get his arms through. The owners liked the look so much that they ordered all-new sleeveless uniforms to be worn by all of the players.

Not surprisingly, Kluszewski was known for his home run hitting ability, and he earned the nickname "Big Klu." The fan favorite established a Reds record for home runs in a season by hitting 40 in 1953 and bettered that with 49 in 1954. His 1954 single-season home run total has been eclipsed only once -- George Foster belted 52 in 1977. Big Klu also led the National League in home runs and RBIs (141) in 1954 but finished second to Willie Mays in the year's Most Valuable Player voting. In 1955, Big Klu and Wally Post went deep 47 and 40 times, respectively, setting a Reds record for most home runs in a season by two players. From 1949-56, Kluszewski batted over .300 in seven of those eight seasons, and the first baseman tallied more than 100 RBIs in five of those eight seasons.

Source of Excerpt: Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Full Biography .

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