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Joseph Anthony Kuhel

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Joe Kuhel played 18 years in the majors, always at first base. In 1936 he finished sixth in the MVP voting.

Although Kuhel had a long major league career, he played for quite a while in the minors before he became a major league regular in 1931. He broke in at age 18 in the minors with Flint in 1924. In 1928 he was a teammate of the young Joe Cronin at Kansas City. Kuhel was a year older than Cronin. The two would go on to be teammates for several years with the Washington Senators.

Kuhel came to the majors for 18 games in 1930 and then became a regular in 1931. In 1933 he had one of his best years, hitting .322 with 107 RBI as the Senators won 99 games and went to the 1933 World Series. In the Series, Kuhel batted sixth in the lineup, while the number 2, 3, and 4 batters were Goose Goslin, Heinie Manush and Cronin.

Kuhel sometimes showed power, as when he hit 27 home runs in 1940. He also stole some bases with 178 in his major league career, posting a high of 22 in 1942 when he was 36 years old.

Joe spent 1938-43 with the Chicago White Sox, then came back to the Senators in 1944-45 and part of 1946, and then finished up with the White Sox in 1946-47. He was a teammate of Luke Appling during his stints with the White Sox.

Afterwards he came back again to the Senators as manager.

Preceded by
Ossie Bluege
Washington Senators Manager
1948-1949
Succeeded by
Bucky Harris

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1940)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1933 & 1936)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1936 & 1939-1940)

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