25. Ken Keltner
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 31, 1916 in Milwaukee, WI USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: October 02, 1937
  • Final Game: May 25, 1950
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1942
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1942
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
 
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After a lone game in 1937 for Cleveland, Ken Keltner took over as their starting Third Baseman the following season.

Keltner brought forth defense, a bit of power, and a respectable offense en route to seven All-Star Game appearances.  The Third Baseman was never in the top ten in MVP voting, but he did receive votes in five different years and had at least 20 Home Runs three times.  Keltner was best known for his glove, where he led American League Third Basemen in Fielding Percentage three times and would have won multiple Gold Gloves had there been one.  Late in his career, Keltner helped the Indians win the 1948 World Series. 

He played with Cleveland until the 1949 Season, after which he was released.  Keltner played 13 Games with Boston before he was again released, thus ending his career in the Majors.  He recorded 1,561 Hits with 163 Home Runs with the Indians.   

Keltner was named to the first Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame Class in 1951.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Obtained from Milwaukee (American Association) as part of a working agreement before the 1937 Season.
  • Departed:

    Released 4/18/50.

  • Games Played: 1,513
  • Notable Statistics:

    735 Runs Scored
    1,561 Hits
    306 Doubles
    69 Triples
    163 Home Runs
    850 RBI
    39 Stolen Bases
    .276/.337/.441 Slash Line
    33.1 bWAR                     

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1948)
    All-Star (1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946 & 1948)
    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1939)
    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1941, 1942, 1944 & 1948)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (1939, 1941, 1942, 1944 & 1947)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1942 & 1944)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (1939, 1941 & 1942)

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