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Joe Kuhel

Induction Year: 1996 Sport: Baseball

Born in Cleveland and developing his skills on the city’s sandlots, he was playing professional baseball for the Kansas City Blues at the age of 19, helping them to the Little World Series title in 1929. He was sold to the Washington Senators for the then-huge sum of $50,000 in 1930 and in 18 seasons with the Senators and the Chicago White Sox he hit .277, and was tabbed one of baseball’s all-time best fielding first basemen. His finest season came as a member of Washington’s 1933 American League champions, when he hit .322 and drove in 107 runs. He went on to manage the Senators in 1948 and 1949, then managed the Blues for two years before entering private business.