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Ken Keltner

Kenneth Frederick Keltner (Butch)

Position: Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: October 31, 1916 in Milwaukee, WI
High School: Boy's Technical HS (Milwaukee, WI) (All Transactions)
Debut: October 2, 1937 (Age 20)
Rookie Status: Lost 1938 [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/RedSox 1937-1950

Final Game: May 25, 1950 (Age 33)
Died: December 12, 1991 in New Berlin, WI
Buried: Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, WI
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 23, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #411. Bob Allison… #412. Rico Petrocelli… #413. George Kell… #414. KEN KELTNER… #415. Bob Watson… #416. Kid Gleason… #417. Ron Fairly… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1937 20 CLE AL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /5
1938 21 CLE AL 149 619 576 86 159 31 9 26 113 4 3 33 75 .276 .319 .497 .815 103 286 3 7 *5 MVP-14
1939 22 CLE AL 154 646 587 84 191 35 11 13 97 6 6 51 41 .325 .379 .489 .868 123 287 15 0 10 *5 MVP-12
1940 23 CLE AL 149 609 543 67 138 24 10 15 77 10 5 51 56 .254 .322 .418 .740 92 227 11 3 11 *5 AS
1941 24 CLE AL 149 645 581 83 156 31 13 23 84 2 2 51 56 .269 .330 .485 .815 118 282 9 2 10 *5 AS
1942 25 CLE AL 152 663 624 72 179 34 4 6 78 4 3 20 36 .287 .312 .383 .695 100 239 16 3 16 *5 AS,MVP-14
1943 26 CLE AL 110 470 427 47 111 31 3 4 39 2 2 36 20 .260 .317 .375 .692 108 160 13 0 6 *5 AS,MVP-31
1944 27 CLE AL 149 632 573 74 169 41 9 13 91 4 3 53 29 .295 .355 .466 .821 137 267 23 0 6 *5 AS
1945 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1946 29 CLE AL 116 435 398 47 96 17 1 13 45 0 3 30 38 .241 .294 .387 .681 95 154 14 0 7 *5 AS
1947 30 CLE AL 151 612 541 49 139 29 3 11 76 5 4 59 45 .257 .331 .383 .714 101 207 8 1 12 *5
1948 31 CLE AL 153 656 558 91 166 24 4 31 119 2 1 89 52 .297 .395 .522 .917 146 291 23 1 8 *5 AS,MVP-14
1949 32 CLE AL 80 292 246 35 57 9 2 8 30 0 1 38 26 .232 .335 .382 .717 91 94 10 0 8 5
1950 33 BOS AL 13 32 28 2 9 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 .321 .387 .393 .780 92 11 2 0 1 /53
13 Yrs 1526 6312 5683 737 1570 308 69 163 852 39 33 514 480 .276 .338 .441 .778 112 2505 144 13 102
162 Game Avg. 162 670 603 78 167 33 7 17 90 4 4 55 51 .276 .338 .441 .778 112 266 1 11
CLE (12 yrs) 1513 6280 5655 735 1561 306 69 163 850 39 33 511 474 .276 .337 .441 .778 112 2494 142 13 101
BOS (1 yr) 13 32 28 2 9 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 .321 .387 .393 .780 92 11 2 0 1

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1937 20 CLE AL 1 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .472 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /5
1938 21 CLE AL 149 619 -4 -0 0 -1 2 -3 -0.2 22 20 1.8 .498 .498 1.9 0.2 20 *5 MVP-14
1939 22 CLE AL 154 646 21 -1 0 5 2 26 2.4 23 49 4.6 .516 .515 4.1 0.6 44 *5 MVP-12
1940 23 CLE AL 149 609 -7 0 0 1 1 -4 -0.4 21 16 1.5 .497 .497 1.4 0.3 15 *5 AS
1941 24 CLE AL 149 645 12 0 0 10 1 23 2.3 22 45 4.4 .516 .514 3.4 1.1 35 *5 AS
1942 25 CLE AL 152 663 -1 0 0 9 1 9 1.0 19 28 2.8 .506 .506 1.9 1.1 19 *5 AS,MVP-14
1943 26 CLE AL 110 470 5 0 0 6 0 11 1.2 14 24 2.6 .511 .508 1.9 0.7 18 *5 AS,MVP-31
1944 27 CLE AL 149 632 26 -0 0 9 0 35 3.8 18 53 5.7 .526 .524 4.7 1.0 44 *5 AS
1946 29 CLE AL 116 435 -2 -1 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 13 10 1.0 .497 .498 1.0 0.0 10 *5 AS
1947 30 CLE AL 151 612 1 0 0 5 0 6 0.6 18 24 2.4 .504 .504 1.9 0.5 19 *5
1948 31 CLE AL 153 656 36 0 -5 12 0 43 4.3 19 62 6.1 .528 .526 4.9 1.2 50 *5 AS,MVP-14
1949 32 CLE AL 80 292 -3 -0 -2 4 0 -1 -0.2 8 7 0.7 .498 .499 0.3 0.4 3 5
1950 33 BOS AL 13 32 -0 0 -0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .494 .499 0.0 0.0 0 /53
13 Seasons 1526 6312 82 -1 -7 60 7 141 14.5 198 339 33.8 .510 .509 27.3 7.2 279
CLE (12 yrs) 1513 6280 83 -1 -7 60 7 142 14.6 197 339 33.7 .510 .509 27.3 7.2 279
BOS (1 yr) 13 32 -0 0 -0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .494 .499 0.0 0.0 0

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1948 31 CLE AL WS BSN W 6 23 21 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .095 .174 .095 .269 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 6 23 21 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .095 .174 .095 .269 2 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1937 CLE AL 20 3B 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .950 3.20
1938 CLE AL 21 3B 149 149 147 431 141 271 19 19 .956 2.77 .941 3.14 MVP-14
1939 CLE AL 22 3B 154 154 148 497 187 297 13 40 .974 3.14 .943 3.15 MVP-12
1940 CLE AL 23 3B 148 148 145 469 170 277 22 27 .953 3.02 .937 3.21 AS
1941 CLE AL 24 3B 149 147 145 543 181 346 16 36 .971 3.54 .947 3.28 AS
1942 CLE AL 25 3B 151 151 146 549 166 353 30 38 .945 3.44 .939 3.16 AS,MVP-14
1943 CLE AL 26 3B 107 106 102 352 113 228 11 24 .969 3.19 .951 3.17 AS,MVP-31
1944 CLE AL 27 3B 149 148 143 555 168 369 18 37 .968 3.60 .954 3.34 AS
1946 CLE AL 29 3B 112 108 104 318 112 195 11 18 .965 2.74 .948 3.06 AS
1947 CLE AL 30 3B 150 150 142 434 156 266 12 29 .972 2.81 .959 3.01
1948 CLE AL 31 3B 153 153 146 449 123 312 14 27 .969 2.84 .958 3.04 AS,MVP-14
1949 CLE AL 32 3B 69 67 62 200 51 145 4 11 .980 2.84 .960 3.15
1950 BOS AL 33 3B 8 7 7 64.0 19 8 10 1 0 .947 2.53 2.25 .960 3.25 3.20
1950 BOS AL 33 1B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .990 9.45 9.40
13 Seasons 3B 1500 1488 1437 64.0 4817 1576 3070 171 306 .965 2.53 3.10 .948 3.25 3.16
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .990 9.45 9.40
13 Seasons TOT 1501 1488 1437 66.0 4818 1577 3070 171 306 .965 2.59 3.10 .948 3.44 3.16
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1958 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1960 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

All-Star Games
1940 *
1941 *
1942 (3B)
1943 (3B)
1944 (3B)
1946 (3B)
1948 (3B)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1938 AL (14, 5%)
1939 AL (12, 8%)
1942 AL (14, 4%)
1943 AL (31, 1%)
1948 AL (14, 5%)
0.23 Career Shares (705th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1944 AL  5.7 (8th)
1948 AL  6.1 (7th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1944 AL  5.7 (6th)
1948 AL  6.1 (5th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1944 AL  4.7 (8th)
1948 AL  4.9 (6th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1939 AL  0.7 (10th)
1941 AL  1.1 (5th)
1942 AL  1.1 (9th)
1944 AL  1.0 (8th)
1948 AL  1.2 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1939 AL  .325 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1948 AL  .395 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1941 AL  .485 (10th)
1944 AL  .466 (5th)
1948 AL  .522 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1948 AL  .917 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
1939 AL  154 (1st)
1941 AL  149 (10th)
1942 AL  152 (6th)
1944 AL  149 (10th)
1947 AL  151 (9th)
1948 AL  153 (4th)

At Bats s c a p y
1939 AL  587 (7th)
1942 AL  624 (3rd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1939 AL  646 (10th)
1942 AL  663 (10th)
1948 AL  656 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1939 AL  191 (3rd)
1942 AL  179 (5th)
1944 AL  169 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1938 AL  286 (10th)
1939 AL  287 (8th)
1941 AL  282 (7th)
1944 AL  267 (5th)
1948 AL  291 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1939 AL  35 (5th)
1942 AL  34 (7th)
1943 AL  31 (9th)
1944 AL  41 (2nd)
1947 AL  29 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1938 AL  9 (9th)
1939 AL  11 (5th)
1940 AL  10 (9th)
1941 AL  13 (3rd)
1944 AL  9 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1938 AL  26 (9th)
1941 AL  23 (9th)
1948 AL  31 (3rd)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1938 AL  113 (9th)
1944 AL  91 (6th)
1948 AL  119 (6th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1948 AL  89 (8th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1938 AL  75 (6th)

Singles s c a p y
1939 AL  132 (5th)
1942 AL  135 (4th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1944 AL  137 (9th)
1948 AL  146 (5th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1939 AL  107 (8th)
1944 AL  94 (9th)
1948 AL  115 (5th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1944 AL  26 (9th)
1948 AL  36 (5th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1944 AL  2.8 (9th)
1948 AL  3.5 (5th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1938 AL  66 (8th)
1939 AL  59 (10th)
1941 AL  67 (4th)
1944 AL  63 (3rd)
1948 AL  59 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1948 AL  256 (9th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1948 AL  .695 (5th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1940 AL  3 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1940 AL  11 (5th)
1941 AL  10 (9th)
1942 AL  16 (3rd)
1947 AL  12 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1939 AL  15 (9th)
1942 AL  16 (6th)
1944 AL  23 (2nd)
1948 AL  23 (2nd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1940 AL  12.0 (8th)
1947 AL  6.9 (10th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1943 AL  21.4 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1941 AL  25.3 (10th)
1948 AL  18.0 (3rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1938 AL  427 (8th)
1941 AL  446 (8th)
1942 AL  480 (3rd)
1944 AL  436 (9th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1942 AL  17.33 (7th)
1948 AL  35.90 (5th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1942 AL  2.5 (3rd)
1948 AL  3.8 (6th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1941 AL  1.8 (9th)
1948 AL  4.6 (4th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1941 AL  1.9 (9th)
1942 AL  1.8 (7th)
1948 AL  3.5 (4th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1938 AL  149 (3rd)
1939 AL  154 (1st)
1940 AL  148 (2nd)
1941 AL  149 (2nd)
1942 AL  151 (1st)
1944 AL  149 (1st)
1946 AL  112 (2nd)
1947 AL  150 (2nd)
1948 AL  153 (1st)
Career  1,500 (39th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1938 AL  141 (5th)
1939 AL  187 (1st)
1940 AL  170 (2nd)
1941 AL  181 (2nd)
1942 AL  166 (2nd)
1944 AL  168 (2nd)
1946 AL  112 (2nd)
1947 AL  156 (4th)
1948 AL  123 (5th)
Career  1,576 (31st)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1939 AL  297 (4th)
1940 AL  277 (4th)
1941 AL  346 (1st)
1942 AL  353 (1st)
1943 AL  228 (5th)
1944 AL  369 (1st)
1946 AL  195 (2nd)
1947 AL  266 (2nd)
1948 AL  312 (1st)
Career  3,070 (40th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1938 AL  19 (5th)
1942 AL  30 (2nd)
1944 AL  18 (5th)
1946 AL  11 (5th)
1947 AL  12 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1939 AL  40 (1st)
1940 AL  27 (3rd)
1941 AL  36 (1st)
1942 AL  38 (1st)
1943 AL  24 (3rd)
1944 AL  37 (1st)
1946 AL  18 (5th)
1947 AL  29 (1st)
1948 AL  27 (3rd)
Career  306 (25th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1939 AL  3.14 (5th)
1941 AL  3.54 (2nd)
1942 AL  3.44 (1st)
1943 AL  3.19 (4th)
1944 AL  3.60 (1st)
1946 AL  2.74 (4th)
1948 AL  2.84 (5th)
Career  3.10 (65th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1938 AL  .956 (3rd)
1939 AL  .974 (1st)
1940 AL  .953 (2nd)
1941 AL  .971 (1st)
1942 AL  .945 (1st)
1943 AL  .969 (2nd)
1944 AL  .968 (2nd)
1946 AL  .965 (2nd)
1947 AL  .972 (2nd)
1948 AL  .969 (2nd)
Career  .965 (30th)

Youngest s c a p y
1937 AL  born 1916-10-31 (6th)
1938 AL  born 1916-10-31 (8th)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (762), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 71 (353), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 36 (522), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 19 (801), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (56th), 33.8 career WAR/28.7 7yr-peak WAR/31.2 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Kenneth Butch Frederick Ken kenny keny king Keltner

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