Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler

A Baseball Biography

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About the Book

One of the greatest outfielders of his generation, Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler (1898–1950) was working as a roof assembler in an auto plant in Michigan when he seized an opportunity to realize his dream of playing major league baseball. After toiling in the minor leagues for more than three years, he took the National League by storm and became a legitimate star during his 1924 rookie season with Pittsburgh. Considered one of the fastest and smartest base runners of his era, Cuyler played for four National League pennant winners and participated in three World Series over his career, earning election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968. This definitive biography chronicles Cuyler’s life and career, including his dispute with Pirate manager Donie Bush and his subsequent trade to Chicago in 1928.

About the Author(s)

Ronald T. Waldo, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, lives in Pittsburgh. His articles have appeared in Pittsburgh Pride Magazine and Sports Collectors Digest, and he is the author of several books on baseball history.

Bibliographic Details

Ronald T. Waldo
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 284
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6885-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9132-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

 1 • Growing Up in Harrisville 5

 2 • From Humble Beginnings in Bay City to Stardom with Nashville 13

 3 • The Greatest Rookie Class in Baseball History 30

 4 • The Flint Flash Becomes a World Series Hero 47

 5 • Pennant Hopes Crushed by the ABC Affair 66

 6 • Manager Donie Bush Banishes Cuyler to the Bench 83

 7 • Joe McCarthy Steals Kiki Cuyler from Barney Dreyfuss 101

 8 • A Comeback Season and World Series Appearance 118

 9 • Hazen Cuyler Sets the Table for Hack Wilson 138

10 • Rogers Hornsby, Violet Valli and Another Pennant 155

11 • Babe Ruth’s Called Shot and Cuyler’s Last World Series Appearance 174

12 • A Great Career in Chicago Comes to an End 193

13 • The Dream of Becoming a Big League Manager 210

14 • An Enduring Legacy and Baseball’s Highest Honor 228

Appendix: Statistics 241

Chapter Notes 243

Bibliography 269

Index 271