Theodore Bernard Kluszewski
Big Klu Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 225 lb.
Born: September 10, 1924 in Argo, IL
School: Indiana University-Bloomington (Bloomington, IN) by the Signed Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent in 1946.
( All Transactions) Debut: April 18, 1947 (Age 22)
vs. PIT 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Teams (by GP): Reds/Redlegs/Pirates/WhiteSox/Angels 1947-1961 Final Game: October 1, 1961 (Age 37)
vs. CLE 1 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: March 29, 1988 in Cincinnati, OH Buried: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH
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News -- February 2014
2/17 Blog Red Machine: Who Belongs on Reds Mount Rushmore?:
For Gutzon Borglum and son Lincoln, the creation of Mount Rushmore took 14 years of painstaking, minute precision. History ... News -- January 2014
1/31 The Writer's Journey: Fifteen (or more) years on the ballot, but not a Hall of Famer: Some of the hoopla surrounding the Hall of Fame vote has died down now, with three players and three managers all set to be inducted ... News -- December 2013
12/6 elysianfielders.com: Which Reds Hit the Giants?: Which Cincinnati Red has had the most success hitting against the Giants? In 141 plate appearances over nine seasons, Ken Griffey, ... News -- September 2013
9/9 The Daily Fungo: 225 Words about Cup-of-Coffee Tigers RHP Jim Proctor: There’s always an interesting story about the Tigers birthdays. Take, for example, Jim Proctor, who was born on this date in ...
9/9 mlbreports.com: Joe Morgan Weekend In Cincinnati: From A Fans Perspective: Ryan Ritchey (Featured Baseball Columnist): It was finally here, Joe Morgan Weekend. As a life long Reds fan and a huge fan ...
9/7 Redlegs Review: Reds unveil statue honoring one of greatest second basemen of all-time:
On Saturday, the Reds unveiled a statue just outside Great American Ball Park made in the likeness of Hall of Fame second ... News -- July 2013
7/3 Call to the Pen: Ted Kluszewski Remains a Reds Hero: Just as a reminder of how po**** the late 1950s slugging first baseman Ted Kluszewski was in Cincinnati, when he starred for ... News -- May 2013
5/24 The Writer's Journey: Fun Cards Submission: 1958 Topps John Oldham: He was a pitcher who never pitched in the big leagues. John Oldham appeared in one game for the Cincinnati Redlegs…as a ...
5/11 The Writer's Journey: Fun Cards: 2013 Topps Ted Kluszewski: I’m kinda proud of this one. I took an old black and white photograph and colorized it in Photoshop. It’s not perfect, ...
5/6 Billy-Ball.com: Happy Birthday, Willie Mays: Baseball’s greatest living ballplayer, Hall of Famer Willie Mays turns 82 years old years old today. The Hall of ... News -- April 2013
4/17 The Cardboard Examiner: 1953 TOPPS JOE NUXHALL: NUXY'S PLACE IN HISTORY IS SECURE.'53s MUST HAVE BEEN EASY TO COLLATE.THE FRONT PAGEJoe Nuxhall holds the distinction of being ... News -- March 2013
3/10 Redlegs Review: Reds to open special Joe Morgan exhibit this week:
Press release from the Reds...
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is honoring Joe Morgan with a special ...
3/8 Radical Baseball: Most boring batters:
What has always made baseball interesting is its simplicity. Hit the ball. Catch the ball. Throw the ball. ... News -- February 2013
2/13 For Baseball Junkies: Reds All-Time Team v.2012: Today we're looking at the Reds All-Timers, version 2012. You can see last year's team here.In addition to our normal review ... News -- December 2012
12/31 Blog Red Machine: Cincinnati Reds All-Decade Team: The 1950s: It is difficult sifting through the record books and shaking it all out and creating an All-Star team for any franchise and/or ...
12/30 Blog Red Machine: Top 25 Reds’ Position Players of All-Time: End of Year Countdown (Part 4 – 10-6): Whenever someone creates a “Best Of” list or a “Greatest” something or other in rank order, it always ...
12/20 Blog Red Machine: MLB: Does Size Matter? Comparing the 1961 and 2012 Cincinnati Reds: Does size make a difference? An age-old question, but where did it start? Was it in a cave, and one little cave boy told the other ... News -- November 2012
11/26 The Writer's Journey: Big Klu by William A. Cook (2012): Big Klu: The Baseball Life of Ted Kluszewski by William A. Cook McFarland Books, 2012 186 pages One of the best first baseman ...
11/12 The Writer's Journey: 1955 Ted Kluszewski postcard: I didn’t have a lot of information about the 1954-55 Reds Postcards when I listed them on my 1950s Reds Checklist. But I’m ... News -- July 2012
7/23 The Writer's Journey: My favorite baseball card: I got this beauty in the mail over the weekend. I’m not a big spender; you’ll rarely see me plop down more than $10 ... News -- May 2012
5/31 High Heat Stats: Quiz – the Big Klu: Ted Kluszewski was among the most feared NL hitters of the early and mid 1950s. In his best 4-year run from 1953 to 1956, he compiled ... News -- April 2012
4/27 WasWatching: Best 1B In Baseball, 1954-1964: It’s a tight group - Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA HR RBI BA OBP SLG 1 Orlando Cepeda 28.7 1958 1964 20-26 1062 4437 ...
4/21 Tyler's Think Tank: MLB All Decade Team 1950s: C Yogi Berra Much more consistent than Roy Campanella, who was an every other year player to the extreme
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4/15 The Writer's Journey: The Story of the Cincinnati Reds by Michael E. Goodman (2011): Baseball: The Great American Game The Story of the Cincinnati Reds by Michael E. Goodman The Creative Company, 2011 48 pages Spanning ... News -- March 2012
3/19 The Writer's Journey: The Cincinnati Reds by Mark Stewart (Team Spirit series, 2012): The Cincinnati Reds by Mark Stewart (Team Spirit series) Norwood House Press, 2012 48 pages Looking for a way to get your kids ...
3/16 Baseball Musings: A Big Klu for Loney: Dave Fleming wonders if James Loney can win a home run title this season: So what makes James Loney a (long-shot) candidate to ... News -- January 2012
1/5 High Heat Stats: Hit or sit: guys who rarely do anything other than get a hit or make an out: "What?? Why should I bother walkin'if sooner or later, the ball's gonna go rightthrough the first baseman's legs?" - totally fabricated ... News -- December 2011
12/15 The Writer's Journey: Retired Numbers: #17 & #18 & #19: Jim Gilliam, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers The Dodgers have retired only one uniform number in honor of a non-Hall of Famer: the ...
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10/26 B-R Blog: Best season by a 29-year-old catcher (**** Mike Napoli!): Mike Napoli has just posted the best season by a 29-year-old catcher, as ranked by OPS+. CLick through for the details. Rk Player ...
10/23 B-R Blog: Career HR Totals Of Those To Have Multi-HR World Series Game: If you took all the players to hit more than one homerun in a single World Series game, prior to Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, ...
10/19 B-R Blog: 7+ TB In World Series Game 1: How many batters had 7+ total bases in Game 1 of a World Series? Here is the list - Rk Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt PA AB ... News -- September 2011
9/30 B-R Blog: Oldest players with a multi-HR postseason game: Having homered in his first plate appearance, Johnny Damon has a chance to become one of the oldest players to have a multi-HR ... News -- July 2011
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4/13 B-R Blog: Single Season HR Records: Have you ever looked at the single season HR records in terms of pre-1987, post-2003 and during the period 1987 through 2003? ... News -- March 2011
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1/21 The Writer's Journey: Trading with a Mets fan: An off-site trade that was arranged with a fellow member of the Baseball Fever brought some interesting Reds cards into my collection. ...
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