Journeyman brother of catcher Bill Killefer, Red played every infield position during
his career. He was a regular only once, in the outfield of the 1915 Reds. He had
a long and successful career managing in the Pacific Coast League.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 27, 1910:
Washington 2B Red Killefer sets a ML mark by sacrificing four times in the first game of a doubleheader against Detroit.
»July 20, 1916: The Reds acquire three future Hall of Famers when Christy Mathewson is traded to Cincinnati with Giants CF Edd Roush and 3B Bill McKechnie for former Giants Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. McKechnie will make it to Cooperstown as a manager, not as a player, but the 23-year-old Roush is a steal for the Reds. A longtime nemesis of the Reds, Mathewson will pitch one game and then manage, and a new team nickname will be coined: "Matties." The Reds lose today, managing just two hits off Pete Alexander, who contributes two doubles himself to the Phils offense.