Kenneth Fredrick Keltner was born October 31, 1916 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His nickname was Butch. Ken's major league debut occurred on October 2, 1937 as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

He spent eleven seasons with the Indians and is acknowledged as their all-time third baseman.

A timely hitter, he was a seven-time All-Star and a fabulous fielder. He played a major role in the ending of Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak on July 17,1947 before a then-record crowd of 67,468 in Cleveland, Ken made two brilliant stops of DiMaggio line drives, one a backhanded stab.

Ken had a single, double, and a three-run home run in the first-ever playoff game in AL history on October 4, 1948, which helped the Tribe to a victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Ken was involved with SABR until his passing on December 12, 1991.


Braves Historical Assn.


Down in the Valley


Several members of the Keltner Badger Chapter are involved in the Revive the Hall effort, to revive the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. For more, go to Facebook page by clicking here.


Welcome to the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of SABR

The Ken Keltner Badger Chapter of SABR was formed in 2002. The chapter was developed by a group of baseball enthusiasts who hosted a national SABR convention in 2001. 

The chapter has worked with the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association, Wisconsin State Historical Museum and other organizations on the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Braves and other projects.

The chapter meets 4-6 times a year in the Milwaukee area.kee area.

For information on how to to join the chapter, click here.

To reach a Message Board for the Keltner chapter and other Midwest SABR chapters. click here. Notices of events will be posted on that board. 

Also, feel free to join in with your opinions on SABR events and baseball in general. You can also communicate with Keltner chapter members at their Facebook page by clicking here.

Events and News:

In less than a week, the umpire will yell "Play ball" and there are a lot of functions scheduled, to use the Glenn Miller song title, get you, "In the Mood!"

Milwaukee Braves Historical Association

The MBHA is having a Banquet at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on Thursday April 9. The reception starts at 6:00 P.M., with the dinner and program following at 7:00 P.M. Our Speakers include Dennis Menke who had a thirteen-year career with the Braves, Reds and Astros, and Ron Cardo and George Blanchard who served as batboys for the Braves. There will also be also be a pictorial tribute to Red Schoendienst who will be inducted into the Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park. Tickets are $85 and be ordered by mailing a check to :


P.O. Box 210074

Milwaukee, WI. 53221

Or contacting me by e-mail at

Old Time Ballplayers Jamboree

The Old Time Ballplayers 2015 Spring Jamboree will be held at Serb Hall on Tuesday, April 14. The night includes a mega raffle, 50-50 raffle, silent auction, and music by Sigmund Snopek III. Purchase $20 of raffle tickets and receive two Brewers tickets for the White Sox game on May 11th (while supply lasts). These are great tickets in the Field Outfield Box and the Loge sections down the third base line. Tickets are only $18.00 and include food, beer and soda. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the beginning of the new baseball season. Invite your friends. We always welcome new members. To order tickets mail to: Old Time Ballplayers, PO Box 579, Thiensville, WI 53097. To order tickets after April 7, please call Greg Ebbert 262-292-4002. E-mail:

SABR Meeting

The next meeting of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of SABR will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 11 am at J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar located at 53rd and Bluemound Road in Milwaukee.

Our Guest Speaker will be Joe Niese who's authored two books, "Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer," and "Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story." Joe will do pictorial tributes to both players, and will have books available for purchase.

There will also be two presentations:

Mary Shea: "Women in Baseball"

Rick Schabowski: "Disco Demolition Night"

Also a reminder that SABR 45 is being held in Chicago June 24-28. For more details go to

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