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Old Mar 29th 2007, 5:53 am
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Player Bio March 29th: Kiki Cuyler

Since today in 1933 Kiki broke his leg, let's look at another Cubs Hall of Famer:

Kiki Cuyler
Hazen Shirley Cuyler

Born: August 30, 1898, in Harrisville, Michigan
Died: February 11, 1950, in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Elected to Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee in 1968, Player

ML Debut: 9/29/1921
Primary Position: Right Fielder
Bats: R Throws: R

Played For: Pittsburgh Pirates (1921-1927), Chicago Cubs (1928-1935), Cincinnati Reds (1935-1937), Brooklyn Dodgers (1938)
Primary Team: Chicago Cubs

Post-Season: 1925 World Series, 1929 World Series, 1932 World Series
Awards: All-Star 1934

Hazen Shirley "Kiki" Cuyler combined speed and a knack for seeing-eye base hits in a 15-season career, excelling as a gifted outfield. Cuyler hit above .300 in 10 years, topping .350 four times. He also led the National League in stolen bases four times and played on four pennant winning teams. In 1925, he enjoyed a brilliant season - batting .357 while leading the league in triples (26) and runs scored (144) - topped off by driving in the Pirates' winning run off Walter Johnson in the World Series.

Hazen Shirley "Kiki" Cuyler (b. August 30, 1898, Harrisville, Michigan - d. February 11, 1950, Harrisville, Michigan) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1921 until 1938. His nickname "Kiki" (pronounced "cuy-cuy", to rhyme with "eye") reportedly came from the way in which he once stuttered his own last name.

Cuyler broke into the big leagues in 1921 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became a fixture in the lineup in 1924. Playing for the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers over the next decade and a half, Cuyler established a reputation as an outstanding hitter with great speed. He regularly batted .350 or higher and finished with a .321 lifetime batting average. In 1925, he enjoyed a brilliant season - batting .357 while leading the league in triples (26) and runs scored (144) - topped off by driving in the Pirates' winning run off Walter Johnson in the World Series.

Cuyler led the league in stolen bases four times and finished his career with 328 steals.

After his illustrious career as a player, Cuyler coached in the minor leagues, winning the Southern Association Championship in 1939 under Joe Engel and the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Washington Senators at Engel Stadium, with one of the only fan-owned franchises in the nation.

Cuyler was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.

Cuyler was buried in Harrisville, Michigan.

"Cuyler can hit, run, field and throw with the best of 'em. What a great ballplayer he is."
— Fred Hoey

Did You Know... that Kiki Cuyler hit two inside-the-park home runs in the diminutive confines of Philadelphia's Baker Bowl on August 28, 1925?

Career Stats:
G- 1879
AB- 7161
H- 2299
2B- 394
3B- 157
HR- 128
RBI- 1065
SB- 328
CS- 27
BA- .321
Over 300 SB, and caught less the 30 times? Damn...
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2 inside the park homers in one game? That's amazing!
Baseball season's underway...
So you'd better get ready for a brand new day
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That name is right up there with Rocky Cherry. I wish I was around to see some of these guys play.
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