Henk Keulemans

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Henk Keulemans

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Biographical Information[edit]

Henk Keulemans was a top player and coach in the Netherlands.

Keulemans was with the Schoten club from 1943-1965. He was primarily a second baseman, but also pitched sometimes early on. He played for the Dutch national team starting in 1948 and would start coaching them in the 1956 European Championship, guiding them to the title. He was the first official head coach for the team. He would also lead them to Gold as manager in the 1957 European Championship and 1958 European Championship. He managed the Netherlands in the Global World Series in 1957 and 1958. As a player-coach in Schoten, he guided his team to Hoofdklasse titles in 1960 and 1961. Keulemans led the Hoofdklasse in runs in 1960 (15), 1961 (!6) and 1962 (30). He won MVP Awards in 1953 (the first year the award was given out) and 1960. He was inducted into the Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

Source: Obituary by Marco Stoovelaar

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