Charles Herbert Klein
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Southport High School
- Debut July 30, 1928
- Final Game June 11, 1944
- Born October 7, 1904 in Indianapolis, IN USA
- Died March 28, 1958 in Indianapolis, IN USA
Chuck Klein played 17 years in the National League, mostly for the Philadelphia Phillies. He led the league in numerous offensive categories during his first six years in the majors. He appeared in the World Series once, with the 1935 Cubs, and hit well in that Series.
Klein is a Hall of Famer whose numbers were magnified by playing in a hitter-friendly environment. He hit his 100th home run in his 390th career game, which at the time was the record for the fastest 100 home runs. He continues to hold the record for the fastest 1,000 hits in history. He reached the mark in 683 games. However, in spite of his statistics being inflated by context, his lifetime OPS+ of 137 in a 17-year career is still quite decent, ranking even with players such as Jack Clark, Pedro Guerrero, and Reggie Smith and above Bill Terry at 136.
When he stole 20 bases to lead the National League in stolen bases in 1932, it was the lowest total for a stolen base leader in the history of the league up to that point. On May 1, 1942, he was pressed into duty as an umpire, alongside Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bucky Walters, assisting home plate umpire George Magerkurth, because umpire Lou Jorda had the flu. The two players only worked a single inning, until Jocko Conlan, who had flown in from Pittsburgh, PA to Cincinnati, OH, made it to the ballpark.
He was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1932 U.S. Caramel set.
"One reason why I've been able to play baseball well is because it's fun to me. Many players find it work." - Chuck Klein
- 2-time NL All-Star (1933 & 1934)
- NL MVP (1932)
- NL Triple Crown (1933)
- NL Batting Average Leader (1933)
- NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1933)
- 3-time NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1931-1933)
- 2-time NL OPS Leader (1932 & 1933)
- 3-times NL Runs Scored Leader (1930-1932)
- 2-time NL Hits Leader (1932 & 1933)
- 4-time NL Total Bases Leader (1930-1933)
- 2-time NL Doubles Leader (1930 & 1933)
- 4-time NL Home Runs Leader (1929 & 1931-1933)
- 2-time NL RBI Leader (1931 & 1933)
- NL Stolen Bases Leader (1932)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 8 (1929-1936)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1929-1932)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1929 & 1930)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 6 (1929-1933 & 1936)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 6 (1929-1933 & 1936)
- 200 Hits Seasons: 5 (1929-1933)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1980
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