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Ted Kluszewski from the Chronology
Feb 20, 1971 - Ted Kluszewski hits a 500-foot 3-run single to lead the NL team to a 5-3 victory in the annual March of Dimes old-timers' game.
Dec 14, 1960 - The Angels and Senators each select 28 players from a pool of AL talent. Among Los Angeles selections are P Dean Chance‚ SS Jim Fregosi‚ 1B Ted Kluszewski‚ and RF Albie Pearson. Washington selections include P Bobby Shantz‚ LF Chuck Hinton‚ OF Gene Woodling‚ and P Hal Woodeshick.
Aug 28, 1960 - In a battle of New York's chief rivals for the AL pennant Baltimore's Milt Pappas has Chicago down 3-0 in the 8th. An apparent 3-run HR by Ted Kluszewski is nullified because umpire Ed Hurley calls time just before Pappas delivers. Hurley spotted Floyd Robinson and Earl Torgeson warming up along the RF sideline. The Sox argue for 15 minutes with Nellie Fox and Al Lopez being tossed before Klu hits again and lines out. The O's prevail 3-1 and take over 2nd place 2 games behind the Yankees and the Sox are 3 1/2 back.
May 20, 1960 - At Comiskey Park Ted Kluszewski drives in 4 runs to lead the White Sox to a 5-3 win the 9th in a row at home for Chicago. Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 9th inning 2-run shot off Early Wynn the winner. Chicago leads Cleveland in the AL by 1 1/2 games.
Oct 8, 1959 - The Los Angeles Dodgers win 9-3 to take the series in Chicago again behind Sherry in relief of Johnny Podres. The Dodgers have an 8-0 lead after 4 innings and hold on despite Ted Kluszewski's 3-run HR. The round-tripper gives the slugger a new 6-game RBI record of 10. Chuck Essegian hits his 2nd pinch HR to establish a new record later equaled by Bernie Carbo of the Red Sox in 1975. Each Dodger receives a record $11231 winning share. The White Sox get a record $7275 for losing.
Oct 1, 1959 - The Go-Go Sox change character at home and hammer the LA Dodgers 11-0 in the first game of the WS as Ted Kluszewski has 2 HRs and 5 RBI. Early Wynn and Gerry Staley combine for the shutout. Yankee manager Casey Stengel sitting out only his 2nd Series since 1947 covers the game as a reporter.
Aug 25, 1959 - The White Sox take out pennant insurance sending Bob Sagers and Harry "Suitcase" Simpson packing to Pittsburgh in exchange for veteran Ted Kluszewski. Klu will hit .297 during the season and a torrid .391 in the World Series.
May 9, 1958 - In the 12th inning Pittsburgh's Ted Kluszewski breaks up a scoreless tie between starters Robin Roberts and Ron Kline by belting a game-ending homer to give the Bucs a 1-0 win over the Phils.
Aug 18, 1956 - Redlegs OF Bob Thurman hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs; Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson add 2 each and Wally Post one in a 13-4 win over Milwaukee at Crosley Field. Toby Atwell and Joe Adcock belts round trippers for the Braves. The 8 HRs tie a since-topped ML record. There are three pairs of back to back homers in the game: Klu and Post in the 3rd; Thurman and Klu in the 7th; Rbinson and Thurman in the 8th. The Reds have now hit homers in each game since August 4 a streak that will reach 21 games and 41 homers through August 24th. Thurman is the 4th Reds player this year to bang 3 homers.
Jul 1, 1956 - The Cardinals use all 12 pitchers but they still drop a doubleheader to the Reds 19-15 and 7-1. In the 10-inning first game which lasts 3 hours: 47 minutes 43 hits are tallied including 8 homers. Reds slugger Ted Kluszewski accounts for 3 of the homers.
May 30, 1956 - Gus Bell Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson hit consecutive homers for the Reds against the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell. The homers do little however as they come with two outs in the 9th and the Reds trailing 9-0.
Sep 21, 1955 - Gus Bell makes it easy for P Johnny Klippstein by driving in 8 runs to pace the Reds to a 14-5 win over Milwaukee. Bell has 4 hits including a grand slam to raise his RBI total to 102. Ted Kluszewski chips in with his 47th homer of the year as just 1503 watch in Cincinnati.
Aug 14, 1955 - Cardinals manager Harry Walker pulls a shift by moving P Tom Poholsky to LF and bringing in lefty Luis Arroyo to face slugger Ted Kluszewski of the Redlegs. Big Klu foils the manager by homering. Cards rally to win anyway 5-4.
Sep 16, 1954 - In a 9-3 Reds win at Ebbets Field watched by a chilly rain-soaked 522 paying fans Ted Kluszewski belts his 49th homer of the year. Joe Nuxhall wins his 2nd this year at Ebbets Field the only lefty opponent to do so.
Sep 13, 1954 - Redlegs slugger Ted Kluszewski scores a run in a 6-5 loss to the Pirates. Big Klu has scored in 17 consecutive games coring 24 runs tying the ML record of 17 straight games set by Rogers Hornsby in 1921. (This earlier mark was discovered in 2003 by researcher Trent McCotter) Tomorrow Brooklyn's Johnny Podres will shut the Reds out 4-0.
Sep 12, 1954 - In a double header at Pittsburgh Ted Kluszewski drives in 9 runs to lead the Reds to a sweep. In the 11-5 opening win Klu drives in 6 runs with a pair of homers. He knocks in 3 more in the 13-2 nitecap win.
Sep 1, 1954 - At Crosley Field Redlegs Ted Kluszewski hits 2 HRs to break his own club mark of 40 HRs. He will wind up with 49 for the season. Despite the Klu clouts Cincinnati loses to Philadelphia 9-3. In a pre-game stunt Reds catcher Hobie Landrith catches a ball dropped out of a helicopter hovering some 500-600 feet over the field.
Aug 27, 1954 - The Reds pull off a triple play in the 6th to stop a Pirate threat and Ted Kluszewski hits a HR in the 9th for the game winner as the Reds win 3-2. Kluszewski's homer comes off Max Surkont the 6th time this year that Klu has left the park against him: this ties the ML record set by George Kelly off Vic Aldridge in 1923 and tied by Ted Williams off Johnny Rigney in 1941. No one else this century will match the mark. Big Klu starts a streak of 17 straight games in which he scores a run.
Aug 15, 1954 - In the bottom of the 9th the Reds unload successive home runs by Gus Bell Ted Kluszewski and Jim Greengrass all of Cot Deal. But it's a case of too little too late as the Cardinals win 14-12.
Jul 13, 1954 - In the All-Star Game the AL breaks the NL's 4-game winning streak with an 11-9 win. Larry Doby's pinch HR in the 8th followed by Nellie Fox's 2-run single ends the highest scoring All-Star Game in history. The 2 teams combine for 31 hits with the AL amassing 17. The Indians Al Rosen has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs; a homer by Ray Boone follows his 3rd inning homer. Cincy stars Ted Kluszewski and Gus Bell also hit homers for the NL. Dean Stone is the winner despite throwing just 2 pitches and retiring no batters. He relieves Bob Keegan in the 8th with Red Schoendienst on third and Alvin Dark on first. With a one-and-one count on Snider Schoendienst tries to steal home and Dean's throw is in time to get Red. Schoendienst argues it's a balk. The AL scores 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and Virgil Trucks throws a scoreless 9th to make Stone a cold winner. Gene Conley is the loser.
Apr 27, 1954 - In a slugfest featuring back-to-back homers 3 times the Reds edge the Pirates 8-7. Ted Kluszewski bangs a pair of 2-run homers both off cousin Max Surkont. Jim Greengrass follows Klu's first homer with one of his own. Toby Atwell and Jerry Lynch go back-to-back in both the 6th and 8th innings for the Buccos the only Pirates to accomplish the feat in the 20th century. Corky Valentine with relief help from Smith gains his first ML victory.
May 18, 1953 - Redlegs P Bud Podbielan walks 13 batters in 10 innings against Brooklyn but holds on to win 2-1 on a Ted Kluszewski homer off starter Preacher Roe. No one has walked 13 in the NL since 1918. The Dodgers strand 18 against the former Dodger pitcher tying the NL mark.
Apr 20, 1952 - Ted Kluszewski leads the Reds as Cincy turns back the Pirates 8-6 and 12-2. Klu has a two-run homer in the opener off Murry Dickson and then knocks in 7 runs in the nitecap with a grand slam and two triples. Joe Adcock belts a pair of homers to back Harry Perkowski's complete game. The Reds are now a game in back of Brooklyn.
Sep 12, 1950 - Ewell Blackwell gives up just one hit a run-scoring double in the 4th to Gene Hermanski but the Dodgers whip the Reds ace 2-1. Carl Erskine allows three hits including a double by Blackwell and a home run by Ted Kluszewski. Hermanski and Snider drive in the two runs for Brooklyn.
Sep 1, 1948 - The host Braves split a pair with the Reds as Johnny Vander Meer bests Warren Spahn 3-1 in the opener. Glenn Elliott just up from the AAA Brewers is awarded the victory in the 11-1 nitecap even though he pitches just 3 innings. Elliott collides with Ted Kluszewski while running to 1B and is injured after pitching his only innings of 1948. Reliever Clyde Shoun throws the last 6 innings.
May 31, 1948 - In Cincinnati the Reds sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Cards 4-3 and 7-0. In the nitecap Ken Raffensberger tosses a one-hitter allowing just an 8th inning single by Nipsy Jones. Hank Sauer's homer in the opener breaks a tie. The Reds scoring in the nitecap is paced by homers from Augie Galan and Ted Kluszewski. The twin loss drops the Cards to second place as the Giants split a pair with the Dodgers.
May 16, 1947 - New York's Johnny Mize scores a run in his 16th straight game helping his team beat the Cubs 5-3. Mize who will lead the NL in runs eclipses the NL mark of Max Carey and Fred Lindstrom. Ted Kluszewski will better the league mark 7 years later.
Sep 17, 1923 - The Giants' George Kelly sets a ML record by homering in the 3rd 4th and 5th against the Cubs Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13-6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game. Kelly has now hit a record 6 homers off cousin Aldridge this year a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941 off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954 off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in 3 successive innings.