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Louis Stephen Klimchock

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.

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Lou Klimchock played 12 seasons in the major leagues. He was 18 years old when he broke in, the youngest player in the league. Only twice in his major league career would he get over 100 at-bats in a season, with 1969 being the year when he got his most at-bats, 258. He hit .287 that year, a year in which the American League as a whole hit .246.

Klimchock dominated the Pioneer League in 1958, hitting .398 at Pocatello to lead the league. One source says he also won a second batting title in the minors.

He managed the Reno Silver Sox in the California League in 1972-73. The team's overall record under his leadership was 120-158, finishing 8th in 1972 and tied for 4th in 1973. That ended Lou's baseball career -- he worked for Coors Brewing in Denver and later Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Phoenix before retiring in 1990.

As of 2004 he was coaching a club team in Phoenix that included his grandson, Mitch Nay, who was later drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (58th pick) of the 2012 amateur draft and started his pro career with the Bluefield Blue Jays in the Appalachian League in 2013. As of 2007, Lou is president of Arizona Major League Alumni and has been active in fund raising for youth baseball and the Baseball Assistance Team.

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