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Ted Kluszewski

Ted Kluszewski was a power hitting first baseman who played 14 seasons in the major leagues.

 

Kluszewski stood at 6'2 and weighed 240 pounds so the sleeves of his jersey were too tight so he became the first player to wear sleeveless jerseys until they banned it.

 

Kluszewski best years came when he spent the first 10 years of his career in Cincinnati. He would be selected to 4 All Star games. He would also become a power hitter leading the league in homeruns in 1954 and he would have 8 seasons where he hit over .300 batting average. He would also lead all first baseman in fielding percentage 5 straight years which still stands as a record today. Injuries would take there toll though and after 10 years, Kluszewski would be dealt to Pittsburg before going to Chicago and ending his career in Los Angeles.

 

After Kluszewski retired, he moved back to Cincinnati where he would become the hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds. He was the hitting coach for the Big Red Machine of the 1970's including 1975 and 1976 when the Reds won back to back World Series. In 1998, his #18 was retired y the Reds.

 

Ted Kluszewski is interred in a mausoleum at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery, Oh.

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Taken on May 20, 2011