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.
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.
The Keltner SABR Chapter held a joint meeting with the Emil Rothe Chapter (Chicago) celebrating SABR Day on Saturday, Jan, 25. Special Thanks to The Brat Stop for providing our venue. Several chapter members also participated in the Brewers' On Deck celebration on Jan. 26.
Dave Shiner is asking for help on a presentation he is working on about the Negro Leagues in February.
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Here's a research request from Professor Gordon Hylton. Any information you have can be forwarded to him at email@example.com.
"I have a Milwaukee baseball research question involving former Milwaukee Congressman Raymond Cannon. Cannon had lots of baseball connections--he represented several of the Black Sox in their lawsuits against the White Sox, and he was twice involved in efforts to create professional baseball players unions. His biographical profiles, usually mention that he played professional baseball, but I can find evidence only that he participated in the 1918 Spring Training with the Phillies.He was a top amateur pitcher in Wisconsin in the 1910's and 1920's, but I can find no evidence of his playing professionally. He is not listed in the minor league records available at baseball-reference.com.I suspect that there might be someone at the Milwaukee SABR group who knows about his career."
Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at RICKIU76@aol.com or calling 414-322-4997. Thanks, and I hope to see you at the meeting!
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