Karl Kuehl

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Karl Otto Kuehl

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Karl Kuehl managed the Montreal Expos in 1976 and was a member of the Minnesota Twins coaching staff from 1977 to 1982. As a player, he led the 1957 Northwest League in average, hitting .347/~.486/.467, tied for the league lead with 31 doubles and drew 112 walks, one less than the NWL leader. At the time, Kuehl played for the Salem Senators. In 1959, he was the youngest manager in the minor leagues at 21 years of age.

Kuehl was a scout for the Houston Astros from 1963 to 1968, Seattle Pilots in 1969, Milwaukee Brewers from 1970 to 1971, and Montreal Expos in 1971. From 1984-1991, Kuehl was the Farm Director for the Oakland A's. He later became an assistant to the General Manager of the A's. In his time with the Twins and the Athletics, he became interested in the mental aspects of playing baseball and co-wrote one of the first books on the issue with psychologist Harvey Dorfman in 1989, The Mental Game of Baseball, which remains a seminal work today. He also hired Dorfman to work with A's players. In 2006, he was awarded baseball's Roland Hemond Award his lifetime of work on scouting and player development, which included work in the Dominican Republic and Australia. He was in the Cleveland Indians front office until he retired in 2007. He died of pulmonary fibrosis in 2008.

He is the father of former minor league baseball player John Kuehl.

Preceded by
Gene Mauch
Montréal Expos Manager
Succeeded by
Charlie Fox

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1959 Salem Senators Northwest League 73-67 3rd none Lost League Finals
1960 Salem Senators Northwest League 56-86 5th none none
1961 Geneva Redlegs New York-Penn League 77-48 1st Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1962 Geneva Redlegs New York-Penn League 44-74 6th Cincinnati Reds
1969 Clinton Pilots Midwest League Seattle Pilots none replaced Sibby Sisti in August/
replaced by Tommy Giordano in August
1970 Clinton Pilots Midwest League 26-37 9th Milwaukee Brewers none replaced Earl Torgeson (31-30)
1972 Quebec Carnavals Eastern League 75-64 4th Montreal Expos
1973 Quebec Carnavals Eastern League 65-72 6th Montreal Expos
1974 Memphis Blues International League 87-55 1st Montreal Expos Lost in 1st round
1975 Memphis Blues International League 65-75 5th Montreal Expos
1976 Montreal Expos National League 43-85 -- Montreal Expos replaced by Charlie Fox on September 4

Further Reading[edit]

  • Karl Kuehl and Harvey Dorfman: The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance, Diamond Communications, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD, 2002. ISBN 978-1888698541. (Originally published in 1989)
  • Karl Kuehl, John Kuehl and Casey Tefertiller: Mental Toughness: Baseball's Winning Edge, Ivan R. Dee Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2005. ISBN 978-1566637237

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