Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein

Charles Herbert 'Chuck' Klein (October 7, 1904 - March 28, 1958) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1928-33, 1936-39, 1940-44), Chicago Cubs (1934-36) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1939). Klein was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was known as the 'Hoosier Hammer."

About Chuck Klein

Charles Herbert 'Chuck' Klein (October 7, 1904 - March 28, 1958) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1928-33, 1936-39, 1940-44), Chicago Cubs (1934-36) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1939). Klein was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was known as the 'Hoosier Hammer.' He was one of the most prodigious National League sluggers in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Klein worked in a steel mill in his youth, and played semipro baseball on his own time. The St. Louis Cardinals soon noticed his talent, and signed him to a minor-league contract. He eventually worked his way up to the Cardinals' farm team in Fort Wayne. After hitting 26 homers in 88 games in 1928, Klein was slated to be called up to St. Louis midway through the season. However, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis discovered that the Cardinals owned a team in Dayton, Ohio that played in the same league as Fort Wayne.

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