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.

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Events and News:


The next SABR meeting will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11 am at The Brat Stop, I-94 and WI. Highway 50 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This will be a joint meeting with the Chicago Chapter.

The agenda as of now:

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Jim Nitz: A Team of Their Own: Sixty Years Ago, the Milwaukee Chicks Won—and Lost—It All or Our Forgotten World Champions: The 1944 Milwaukee Chicks.

Bob Buege/ Dennis Degenhardt: Ginger Beaumont

We will also hear from a group that is fund raising for a plaque honoring Ginger Beaumont. We plan on "passing the hat around" to help this worthy cause!

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