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 Badget 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:


Our next Dinner will take place at The Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI. on Thursday October 30. The reception and silent auction will start at 6 PM, with the dinner and program beginning at 7 PM. Our guests will be Frank Bolling, Bob Hendley, Bill Southworth and Roland Hemond.These are always great events so don't miss this one! Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by contacting me by return e-mail, or mailing a check to:


PO Box 210074

Milwaukee, WI. 53221

SABR Meetings

Keltner Meeting

The next meeting of the Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter of SABR is scheduled for Saturday November 1, 11 AM, at J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar on 53rd and Bluemound Road in Milwaukee. The agenda will include nomination and election of officers. If you're interested in doing a presentation let me know!

The Emil Rothe (Chicago-Illinois) Chapter will hold its next meeting on October 25 at the Richard J. Daley Branch, Chicago Public Library, 3400 So. Halsted in Bridgeport from 1 pm-4:30pm The meeting will celebrate Comiskey Park and focus on the recently published McFarland book, "Old Comiskey Park: Essays and Memories of the Historic Chicago White Sox, 1910-1991. Speakers will include book editor, Floyd Sullivan and book contributors Chris Kamka and Richard Smiley.DON'T FORGET................NEXT YEAR'S SABR CONVENTION IS IN CHICAGO!!!!!!

Old Time Ballplayers Association of Wisconsin

The Old Time Ballplayers Association of Wisconsin will hold it's 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet at Serb Hall, So. 51st Blvd and Oklahoma Ave. in Milwaukee on Sunday, November 2. Social hour will take place from 4:30-6pm, with the dinner and program to follow, Tickets are $20 and can be purchase by contacting me or Greg Ebbert at

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