Found March 03, 2013 on
PLAYERS: John Mcgraw
TEAMS: Baltimore Orioles
Today would be the 141st birthday for Hall of Fame OF Willie Keeler. Keeler had the highest batting average in a single season for a left hand hitter in the history of baseball, hitting .424 in 1897, when he was a teammate of John McGraw. His 5 ft 4 stature was small even for that time, hence the nickname “Wee Willie”. He played that way, as a slap hitter, and was known for not striking out. The way the game was played back then, it was frowned upon to strike out excessively, as none did. Keeler was in a league of his own, though, as he struck out just 136 times in his 19 year MLB career which went from 1892-1910. Other than that, he was slightly above average. However, he perfected a hitting style that would increase the odds of getting a hit. He would hit the high chopper that once the middle infielder would get to it, there would be no chance to get him at first. That was also part of the reason he was able to keep his strikeouts down. He was not known for his extra base hit...
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