19 Facts About Chuck Klein


Chuck Klein played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Chuck Klein led the National League in home runs four times, and won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1932.

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Chuck Klein was the first player to be selected to the All-Star Game as a member of two different teams.

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Chuck Klein was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 7,1904.

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Chuck Klein was the son of immigrant farmers Frank and Margaret Klein.

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Chuck Klein was picked up by a semi-pro team and played for them for a few years earning $200 a week.

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Early in the 1930 season before their season debut with the Giants, New York press acknowledged that Chuck Klein's home run record was tainted, because of what happened with Ott in the last game the previous season.

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In 1930, Chuck Klein enjoyed one of the best offensive years in baseball history, batting.

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Chuck Klein led the league in home runs for the second time in his career with 31, and amassed at least 200 hits for the third season in a row.

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Chuck Klein finished the season with 226 hits, marking the fourth year in a row that he exceeded the 200 hit mark.

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On May 26,1933, the Phillies lost a 14 inning game to the St Louis Cardinals, during this game Chuck Klein hit for the cycle for the second time in his career.

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On November 21,1933 Chuck Klein was traded to the Cubs for $65,000 and three other players, Chuck Klein hit 20 and 21 home runs in his two full seasons with the Cubs and batted.

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Chuck Klein went to the Pirates during the 1939 season, but was back in Philadelphia in 1940 for what proved to be his last year as a regular player.

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Chuck Klein retired midway through the 1944 season after getting one hit in seven at-bats.

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Chuck Klein endured some difficult financial times, largely due to a drinking problem.

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The campaigning worked, and Chuck Klein was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 via the Veterans Committee.

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Chuck Klein was known for exploiting the Phillies home park, the Baker Bowl and its short right field wall.

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Chuck Klein recorded five five-hit games, 36 four-hit games in his career and 28 multi-home run games.

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Chuck Klein was then traded to the Chicago Cubs, and when he returned to the Phillies in 1936, he wore 32, and soon switched to 36 for that season and 1937.

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