Cooperstown Chronicles – Kiki Cuyler

May 27, 2009
I decided to profile Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1968.
 

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

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Image courtesy of BR Bullpen
 
The Numbers
1879 Games
7161 At Bats
.321 Batting Average
.474 Slugging %
.860 OPS
2299 Hits
1305 Runs
394 Doubles
157 Triples
128 HRs
1065 RBIs
676 Walks
328 SBs

Eight .300 Seasons
Five 100+ Run Seasons
Three 200+ Hit Seasons
Five 30+ Double Seasons
Five 10+ Triple Seasons
Three 100+ RBI Seasons
Six 30+ SB Seasons

World Series:  3 World Series, 1 Ring, 16 Games, 64 At Bats, 18 Hits (.281), 9 Runs, 5 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 Walks, 1 SB  

Awards
1934 All-Star
MVP Votes in 4 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – 5 Times
On-Base % – 5 Times
Slugging % - Twice
OPS – 3 Times
Games – 4 Times (Led league in 1925, 1926 & 1930)
At Bats – 4 Times
Runs – 5 Times (Led league in 1925 & 1926)
Hits – 6 Times
Doubles – 5 Times (Led league in 1934)
Triples – 6 Times (Led league in 1925)
Home Runs – Twice
RBIs – 5 Times
Walks – 3 Times
SBs – 10 Times (Led league in 1926, 1928, 1929 & 1930)
Extra-Base Hits – 5 Times
Hit by Pitch – 10 Times (Led league in 1925 & 1930)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
 

Black Ink Batting – 20 (107), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray Ink Batting – 137 (119), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame Monitor Batting – 118 (119), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame Standards Batting – 46 (96), Average HOFer ≈ 50

 
When I saw his average of .321 I figured it would be a slam dunk, but his induction is actually borderline questionable based on his statistics.  He had a solid run from 1924 to 1932 and a couple of other good years in 1934 and 1936.  He had a signature season in 1930 when he hit .355 with 155 Runs and 134 RBIs.  He had signature moment in the second game of the 1925 World Series when he hit a game-winning Home Run and series-winning Double off of Walter Johnson.  It’s close, but despite not reaching the majority of the HOF yardsticks, I’ll say he deserved to be inducted.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Dick Allen
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Earl Averill*
Harold Baines

Dan Bancroft*
Jake Beckley*

Albert Belle
Jim Bottomley*
Pete Browning

Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Earle Combs*
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Roger Connor*
Larry Corcoran

Stan Coveleski*

Mike Cuellar
Bill Dahlen
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr*
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Rick Ferrell*
Wes Ferrell
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Lefty Gomez*
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Joe Gordon
Mark Grace
Bobby Grich
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Chick Hafey*
Jesse Haines*

Billy Herman*
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Waite Hoyt*
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Travis Jackson*
Tommy John
Bob Johnson
Addie Joss*
Jim Kaat
George Kell*
Joe Kelley*
George Kelly*
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Chuck Klein*
Jerry Koosman
Bill James & Pete Palmer
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Freddie Lindstrom*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Rube Marquard*
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Carl Mays
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Johnny Mize*
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Vada Pinson
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Pee Wee Reese*
Allie Reynolds
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Amos Rusie*
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Curt Schilling
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter*
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Vern Stephens
Dave Stieb
Mel Stottlemyre
Harry Stovey
Sam Thompson
Luís Tiant
Joe Torre
Alan Trammell

George Van Haltren
Arky Vaughan*
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Mickey Vernon
Frank Viola
Bucky Walters
Mickey Welch*
Lou Whitaker
Deacon White
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
Hack Wilson*
Ross Youngs*
Veterans Committee Ballot
 

* Signifies actual Hall of Famers

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:53 am #

    Although not a true HR hitter, but 3 100+ RBI seasons is a great sign of a hitter. Thanks for the numbers.

    PS: As a Reds lifer, I enjoyed reading the Dave Concepcion post.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 28th, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    NP.

  3. Anonymous
    June 8th, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    Dick Allen…………………Yes
    Roberto Alomar……………..Yes
    Richie Ashburn*………….
    Earl Averill*……………
    Harold Baines………………Yes
    Dan Bancroft*……………
    Jake Beckley*……………
    Albert Belle……………….Borderline, but I’ll say yes
    Jim Bottomley*…………..
    Pete Browning………………Nope
    Jim Bunning *……………
    Bert Byleven……………….Absolutely
    Joe Carter…………………Border
    Orlando Cepeda*………….
    Rocky Colavito……………..Nah
    Earle Combs*……………….
    Dave Concepcion…………….Nah
    David Cone…………………No
    Roger Connor*………………
    Larry Corcoran……………..Nah
    Stan Coveleski* ……………
    Mike Cuellar……………….Nooo
    Bill Dahlen………………..Yes
    George Davis*………………
    Andre Dawson……………….Border
    Larry Doby*………………..
    Bobby Doerr*……………….
    Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)..Maybe
    Dwight Evans……………….Ahead of Rice, by a mile, so border
    Rick Ferrell*………………
    Wes Ferrell………………..Maybe
    Chuck Finley……………….N- O
    Steve Finley……………….See above
    Nellie Fox*………………..
    John Franco………………..Yes
    Gary Gaetti………………..Nope
    Steve Garvey……………….Border, probably not
    Lefty Gomez*……………….
    Luis Gonzalez………………N O
    Dwight Gooden………………Could have but sadly no
    Joe Gordon…………………
    Mark Grace…………………2445 Hits is fine, but nothing extraordinary. He isn’t all too close
    Bobby Grich………………..Yes
    Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)..Idk
    Ron Guidry…………………Nah
    Chick Hafey*……………….
    Jesse Haines*………………
    Billy Herman*………………
    Keith Hernandez……………..YES
    Orel Hershiser……………..Nah
    Whitey Herzog (Manager)……..Nah
    Gil Hodges…………………Yep
    Ralph Houk (Manager)…………Nah
    Waite Hoyt*………………..
    Shoeless Joe Jackson………..YAH
    Travis Jackson*…………….
    Tommy John…………………Border
    Bob Johnson…………………Maaaybe
    Addie Joss*………………..
    Jim Kaat…………………..Maybe. 16 GG bc nobody was a good fielding pitcher….?
    George Kell*……………….
    Joe Kelley*…………………
    George Kelly*……………….
    Tom Kelly (Manager)…………Nah
    Chuck Klein*………………..
    Jerry Koosman……………….Nope
    Bill James & Pete Palmer…………YES
    Barry Larkin…………………YES
    Tony Lazzeri*………………..
    Freddie Lindstrom*……………
    Mickey Lolich………………..Maybe
    Ernie Lombardi*…………………
    Fred Lynn…………………..Better case than Rice, so border
    Sherry Magee…………………DEFINITELY
    Roger Maris…………………..Too short a career, but maybe
    Rube Marquard*…………………..
    Billy Martin (Player/Manager)………Yes
    Dennis Martinez…………………..No
    Edgar Martinez……………………Yup
    Bobby Matthews……………………Yup
    Don Mattingly…………………….Yup
    Gene Mauch (Manager)………………Nope
    Carl Mays………………………..Yup
    Bill Mazeroski*………………….
    Fred McGriff……………………..Yup
    Mark McGwire……………………..YES!
    Bid McPhee………………………He is in…correct?
    Johnny Mize*……………………..
    Paul Molitor*…………………..
    Jack Morris………………………No, maybe, I don’t know, I’ll say only once Blyleven, Kaat, John, Blue, Kevin Brown, and Quiz make it..
    Tony Mullane……………………Yup
    Dale Murphy……………………..Yea
    Graig Nettles………………….Border
    Hal Newhouser*………………….
    Lefty O’Doul…………………..Yes
    Tony Oliva……………………Yes
    Al Oliver……………………..Yes
    Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso……….YUP
    Dave Parker…………………….Borderr
    Wes Parker…………………….Nay
    Lance Parrish………………….Nay
    Vada Pinson……………………Nay, but border
    Boog Powell……………………Nay
    Tim Raines…………………….Yea
    Willie Randolph………………..Nay
    Pee Wee Reese*…………………
    Allie Reynolds…………………Border
    Jim Rice……………………..Yea
    Phil Rizzuto*…………………
    Brooks Robinson*………………..
    Pete Ro$e……………………….Yes
    Amos Rusie*……………………..
    Jimmy Ryan……………………..Nah
    Ron Santo……………………….Yea
    Curt Schilling…………………..YES
    Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)…
    Ted Simmons……………………..Border
    Enos Slaughter*………………….
    Lee Smith………………………..Border for relievers
    Rusty Staub……………………..Nah
    Vern Stephens……………………Yes
    Dave Stieb………………………Maybe, probably not
    Mel Stottlemyre………………….NOT A SHOT
    Harry Stovey…………………….Possibly
    Sam Thompson…………………….NOPE
    Luís Tiant………………………Better than Morris, so yeah
    Joe Torre……………………….No, but yes eventually for managerial success
    Alan Trammell…………………….Yes
    George Van Haltren…………………No
    Arky Vaughan*………………….
    Mo Vaughn………………………..Nope
    Bobby Veach………………………Yep
    Mickey Vernon……………………Yes
    Frank Viola…………………Nope
    Bucky Walters…………………..Maybe
    Mickey Welch*…………………..
    Lou Whitaker…………………..Yes
    Deacon White…………………..Yes
    Bernie Williams………………..Yes
    Vic Willis*…………………..
    Maury Wills …………………..No
    Hack Wilson*……………………
    Ross Youngs*……………………

  4. LestersLegends
    June 8th, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    That took quite an effort to go through all of these. Thanks. Some we agree and some we disagree, naturally.

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