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1932 U.S. Caramel

Charles Herbert Klein

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980

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Chuck Klein is a Hall of Famer whose numbers were magnified by playing in a hitter-friendly environment. He hit his 100th home run in his 390th career game, which at the time was the record for the fastest 100 home runs. He continues to hold the record for the fastest 1,000 hits in history. He reached the mark in 683 games. However, in spite of his statistics being inflated by context, his lifetime OPS+ of 137 in a 17-year career is still quite decent, ranking even with players such as Jack Clark, Pedro Guerrero, and Reggie Smith and above Bill Terry at 136.

Playing in the shallow right field of the Baker Bowl, where he sometimes turned singles into outs at first base, Klein still holds the record for most assists by an outfielder - 44 in 1930.

When he stole 20 bases to lead the National League in stolen bases in 1932, it was the lowest total for a stolen base leader in the history of the league up to that point.

He was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1932 U.S. Caramel set.

Quote: "One reason why I've been able to play baseball well is because it's fun to me. Many players find it work." Chuck Klein.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1933 & 1934)
  • NL MVP (1932)
  • NL Triple Crown (1933)
  • NL Batting Average Leader (1933)
  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1933)
  • 3-time NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1931-1933)
  • 2-time NL OPS Leader (1932 & 1933)
  • 3-times NL Runs Scored Leader (1930-1932)
  • 2-time NL Hits Leader (1932 & 1933)
  • 4-time NL Total Bases Leader (1930-1933)
  • 2-time NL Doubles Leader (1930 & 1933)
  • 4-time NL Home Runs Leader (1929 & 1931-1933)
  • 2-time NL RBI Leader (1931 & 1933)
  • NL Stolen Bases Leader (1932)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 8 (1929-1936)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1929-1932)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1929 & 1930)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 6 (1929-1933 & 1936)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 6 (1929-1933 & 1936)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 5 (1929-1933)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1980


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