Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Phillies Only Bright Spot in the 1930s 2/26/14

Hey baseball fans!

Fun fact: all of the players who won the batting Triple Crown in the 20th century have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. However, before I knew this fun fact, there was one person who won the Triple Crown who I had never heard of. I researched this player and it turns out that he had a pretty good career and is in fact in Cooperstown. So today, I want to tell you all a little bit about this "mystery player". Without further delay, here's Chuck Klein!

Chuck was a powerful hitter who played from 1928-1944 with the Phillies, Cubs, and Pirates. He led the National League in homers four times, in hits twice, and in RBIs twice. Klein batted .320 during his career and smacked out 300 homers on the dot. The 1980 inductee into the Hall was also an excellent right fielder. With these skills, he was able to represent the NL out in right field in the first two All Star Games (1933 and 1934). Like I mentioned previously, Chuck won the Triple Crown. He won it in 1933, when he batted .368, hit out 28 dingers, and drove in 120 runs. The 1932 NL MVP became the first NL ballplayer to hit out four home runs in a game in the 1900s on July 10, 1936 while playing for the Phillies against the Pirates at Pittsburgh.

Chuck may not have been the most prominent retired right fielder, but he sure did have an excellent career, which would explain why he is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back in a few days for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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