Ted Kluzewski II

From Pittsburgh Ted Kluzewski arrived in late August to the White Sox and gave their pennant hopes a boost. In one month,  Kluzewski batted .298.  In the World Series, Kluzewski in game one hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the White Sox  smashed  the Los Angles Dodgers  11 to 0.  In the sixth and final game, Big Ted hit a three run homer as the Dodgers won over the White Sox 9 to 3.  The Dodgers won the World Series four games to two.  Ted Kluzewski was the White Sox’ best hitter with three home runs, 10 runs batted in, and a batting average of .390.

The Los Angeles Angeles claimed Kluzewski from the White Sox in the draft for 1961, the first year of expansion.  In first game, Kluzewski hit two home runs and as the Angles defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7 to 2.  For the year Kluzewski hit 15 home runs, drove in 39, and batted .243.  The 15 homers were the highest  since 1956, his last super season.

In his 16 years in baseball Kluzewski had a .298  batting average,  279 home runs, and 1, 028 runs batted in. What would he have done had that back injury not occurred  in 1956.  


Ted Kluzewski-The First Muscleman

From 1949 to 1957,  Ted Kluzewski played first base for the the Cincinnati Redlegs.  His name was practically synonymous with home run power and top notch fielding at first base.  For a man of his size, Big Ted  could easily stretch himself  to record a putout or run down a pop fly.  Kluzewski was a fantastic sight as he came to  the plate.    His trademark, the sleeveless jersey,  revealed  his huge muscular biceps which came from weightlifting and throwing burlap bags  growing up on the family farm in Argo, IL. 

Kluzewski  claimed  that sleeves impeded  his swinging ability and there is a grain of truth in this assertion-but just a grain.  I think  Ted really wanted  to intimidate pitchers letting them know that he was home run waiting to happen. If  you at his statistics he really was.

Here are  just some of his statistics with the Cincinnati Redlegs from 1949 to 1957.  That last year he rarely played  due to a back injury.

scored over 100 runs in 1954 and 1955;

crashed over 40 home runs three times from 1953 to 1955 with a league leading 49 in 1954;

drove in over 100 runs three times from 1953 to 1955 with a league leading 141 runs in 1954;

hit over .300 seven times;

Most home run hitters strike out allot but not Klu.

After a brief stint with Pittsburgh, Ted Kluzewski was traded to the Chicago White Sox  Aug 28, 1959 in time for the Sep stretch run to the World Series.   New York did not make it to the World Series for only the second time in the 50s.








Films Received and still want

Request for Game Films

1964 Received  Pittsburgh Steelers  at Cleveland Browns.  John Henry Johnson raced for 200 yards  on 30 carries with touchdown runs of 33, 45 and 4 yards.  This was the best game of his career and a Steeler record for a single game.  Clarence Peaks carried 21 times for 96 yards.  Quarterback Ed Brown completed 9 of 11 passes for 126 yards.  The Steeler defense recorded no turnovers but did sack Frank Ryan four times for 21 yards.  The Steelers had 422 yards of total offense. The only mistake for my team was a fumble at the Browns five, which would have  turned the game into a real blowout.  As it is,  the Pittsburgh Steelers won 23 to 7  and were never in any trouble.

1968.  The mud bowl in the tradition of Thanksgiving Day football in Detroit.   I always enjoy games in the mud and this one, to me, was the best ever.  Coming in with a perfect 0-11 record the Eagles shutout the 3-6-2  Lions  12 to 0.   The Lions offense was nonexistent as the Eagles shut down both the pass and run.  The Eagles intercepted three passes. On the defensive line,  both Floyd Peters and Dave Lloyd   virtually eliminated the Lions running game.  Placekicker Sam Baker kicked one field goal in each quarter.   Joe Scarpati  showed some real skill holding the ball in a swamp.  I have a real condensed version on the NFL replay with Pat Summeral  and Tom Brookshier.   I would like some more of this muddy film.


1964 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants

John Henry Johnson gained 106 yards in 24 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 10 and 2 yards.  Clarence Peaks carried 15 times for 97 yards.  Peaks also caught one pass for 43 yards.  Ed Brown, playing only three quarters,  went 10 for 13 for 184 yards and two TD passes.  It was great seeing Brown on the sidelines,  giving reserves a real chance.  Pittsburgh recovered four Giant fumbles.  The first was Dick Haley in the Steeler End Zone breaking the Giants back early in the game.  The Steelers 44 to 17 win was the third highest score in Pittsburgh history.