21. Charlie Keller
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 12, 1916 in Middletown, MD USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 22, 1939
  • Final Game: September 14, 1952
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1940
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1943
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1943
  • MVP - 1939
  • MVP - 1941
  • MVP - 1942
  • MVP - 1943
  • MVP - 1946
 
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One of the most underappreciated members of New York Yankees folklore, Charlie “King Kong” Keller was known for his incredible strength and corresponding Home Runs but he probably should be more known for his plate discipline.  Keller would twice lead the American League in Walks and had an On Base Percentage over .400 seven times, six of which were enough to put him in the top ten that year.  He would also lead the AL in OPS in 1943.

While his overall traditional numbers might seem somewhat lower than those he his ranked ahead of, his overall value to the Yankees can’t be underestimated, though it often is.  Keller had 184 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .286/.410/.518 as a Yankee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent before the 1937 Season.
  • Departed: Released 12/6/49.

    Acquired (2):
    Signed as a Free Agent 9/5/52.

    Departed (2):
    Released 10/13/52.
  • Games Played: 1066
  • Notable Statistics: 725 Runs Scored
    1,053 Hits
    163 Doubles
    69 Triples
    184 Home Runs
    723 RBI
    45 Stolen Bases
    .286/.410/.518 Slash Line
    38.4 bWAR

    19 Playoff Games
    18 Runs Scored
    22 Hits
    3 Doubles
    2 Triples
    5 Home Runs
    18 RBI
    1 Stolen Base
    .306/.367/.611 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1939, 1941 & 1943)
    All-Star (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946 & 1947)
    Highest OPS (1943)
    Most Walks (1940 & 1943)
    Highest OPS+ (1943)
    Highest Power/Speed # (1942 & 1943)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1943)
    Most Putouts by a Leftfielder (1941, 1943 & 1946)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Leftfielder (1946)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Leftfielder (1943)
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