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Kenneth Harold Kuhn

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 175 lb.

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"Kuhn is a better prospect than Rizzuto was when I signed him." - scout John Schulte
" . . . the finest young infielder I have seen in a long time." - Hank Greenberg

Kenny Kuhn was a 1950s bonus baby who probably would have been better off playing in the minors than sitting on the bench in the majors.

Kuhn was a four sport star while attending Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and although Greenberg and Al Lopez did not want to make him a bonus baby, Greenberg claimed that Kuhn and his father insisted on that type of contract. Kuhn appeared in four games in the majors for the Cleveland Indians in 1955, 27 in 1956 (only 22 at-bats) and 40 in 1957 (53 at-bats).

He finally played his first minor league game in 1957, after his mandatory two-year stay on the major league roster was over, and played in the minors through 1963 with a decent batting average of .282. While in the minors he was a teammate of Sam McDowell, Ty Cline and Walt Bond.

One source: Baseball's Biggest Blunder: The Bonus Rule of 1953-57.

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