Kuenn led the league in hits four times, and it seemed like he got those hits in every part of the field possible. In the ’50s, he was the game’s most consistent hitter, with a swing so effortless it looks like it came naturally. These skills would serve him well as a hitting coach and manager later in his year.
As good as Kuenn was, he was largely ineffective after 1963 and with his great batting eye failing, he had little else to contribute as he was not known for his fielding prowess or his power. Still, the numbers he put up for Detroit over an eight-year period were good enough to get him a really solid look from the Hall.