Kiki Cuyler

Hazen Shirley "Kiki" Cuyler (/ˈkaɪˈkaɪ ˈkaɪlər/; August 30, 1898 – February 11, 1950) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1921 until 1938 who later was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cuyler established a reputation as an outstanding hitter with great speed. He regularly batted .350 or higher and finished with a .321 lifetime batting average. In 1925 Cuyler hit 18 home runs with 102 RBI. Cuyler's Pirates won the World Series that year, the only time in his career that he contributed to a World Series winner.

Kiki Cuyler
Right fielder
Born: August 30, 1898
Harrisville, Michigan
Died: February 11, 1950 (aged 51)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 29, 1921, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1938, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.321
Home runs128
Runs batted in1,065
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Election MethodVeterans Committee

Early life

Cuyler was born in Harrisville, Michigan on August 30, 1898.[1] He was one of six children born to George and Anna Cuyler. His father had come to the United States from Canada, but his ancestors lived in New York from the 17th century until they moved to Canada at the start of the Revolutionary War.[2]


Cuyler started his professional baseball career with the Bay City Wolves in 1920. He appeared briefly in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the next three seasons, but still spent the majority of each season in the minor leagues. He hit .340 in 1923 for the Nashville Vols of the Southern Association. He was promoted to the Pirates for his first full major league season in 1924.[3]

Two explanations have been given for the origin of Cuyler's nickname, "Kiki". In the first version, he had been known as "Cuy" for a long time. When a fly ball was hit to the Nashville outfield and it was judged to be Cuyler's play, the shortstop would call out "Cuy" and this call would be echoed by the second baseman. The echoed name caught on with Nashville's fans. In the second explanation, "Kiki Cuyler" came from the player's stuttering problem and the way it sounded when Cuyler said his own last name.[4]

He became the only player in MLB history to hit for the cycle, get a walk and steal a base in one game on June 4, 1925. Later that year in August, Cuyler hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single game at Baker Bowl, the very compact baseball stadium in Philadelphia.[5] Cuyler led the 1925 Pirates to a World Series title, the only one of his career. In 1927, Cuyler was benched for nearly half the season because of a dispute with first-year manager Donie Bush. The Pirates again went to the World Series, but Cuyler did not play. That November, Cuyler was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Sparky Adams and Pete Scott. Between 1926 and 1930, the 1927 season was the only time that Cuyler did not lead the league in stolen bases.[6]

Between 1931 and his retirement in 1938, Cuyler never stole more than 16 bases in a season. Though he hit for a .338 batting average and a league-leading 42 doubles in 1934, Cuyler was made a free agent by July 1935. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .326 in 1936 and .271 in 1937. He was released after the 1937 season and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers for his final season in 1938. Cuyler finished his career with a .321 batting average, 128 home runs, 1065 RBI and 328 stolen bases.[6] He hit over .300 10 times in his major league career.

Later life and legacy

Kiki Cuyler plaque
Plaque of Kiki Cuyler at the Baseball Hall of Fame

After the end of his playing career, Cuyler managed in the minor leagues, winning the regular-season Southern Association pennant in 1939 under Joe Engel with the Chattanooga Lookouts, with one of the only fan-owned franchises in the nation. He was a coach for the Cubs (1941–43) and Boston Red Sox (1949), and was still active in the role for Boston in February 1950 when he died of a heart attack at the age of 51.[7] His remains are interred in Saint Anne Cemetery in Harrisville Township, Michigan.

Cuyler was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.[8]

In Harrisville, the restaurant he owned operated as Ki Cuyler's Bar & Grill until it burned down in December 2018.[9] In 2008, State Highway M-72 within Alcona County was named the "Hazen Shirley 'Kiki' Cuyler Memorial Highway".[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Kiki Cuyler". Baseball Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Waldo, Ronald T. (2012). Hazen Kiki Cuyler: A Baseball Biography. McFarland. pp. 5–6. ISBN 0786491329.
  3. ^ "Kiki Cuyler Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Pat. "Bobby Murray". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Cuyler, Kiki". Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Kiki Cuyler". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Hazen 'Kiki' Cuyler Dies In Ambulance While Enroute To Ann Arbor Hospital". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. AP. February 12, 1950. Retrieved October 29, 2017 – via
  8. ^ Ritter, Lawrence; Honig, Donald (1981). The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. Crown Publishing Group. ASIN B002XGBODQ.
  9. ^ The Alpena News (December 1, 2018). "A legend lost: Ki Cuyler's destroyed by early morning fire". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Waldo, Ronald T. (2012). Hazen 'Kiki' Cuyler: A Baseball Biography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 238. ISBN 9780786491322. OCLC 812174493. Retrieved October 29, 2017 – via Google Books.

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Preceded by
Del Baker
Boston Red Sox third-base coach
Succeeded by
Steve O'Neill
Preceded by
Goose Goslin
Hitting for the cycle
June 4, 1925
Succeeded by
Max Carey
1921 Major League Baseball season

The 1921 Major League Baseball season, ended when the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees in Game 8 of the World Series. 1921 was the first of three straight seasons in which the Yankees would lead the majors in wins. Babe Ruth broke the single season home run record for the third consecutive season by hitting 59 home runs in 152 games. Ruth also broke Roger Connor's record for the most home runs all time when he hit his 139th home run on July 18 against Bert Cole. The record for career strikeouts, previously held by Cy Young was also broken in 1921 by Walter Johnson; Johnson lead the league in strikeouts with 143 and ended the season with 2,835 strikeouts. Young struck out 2,803 during his career. The Cincinnati Reds set a Major League record for the fewest strikeouts in a season, with only 308. Future hall of famers Kiki Cuyler and Goose Goslin both debuted in September 1921.

1925 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates finished first in the National League with a record of 95–58. They defeated the Washington Senators four games to three to win their second World Series championship.

The Pirates had three future Hall of Famers in their starting lineup: Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler, and Pie Traynor.

1925 World Series

In the 1925 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the defending champion Washington Senators in seven games.

In a reversal of fortune on all counts from the previous 1924 World Series, when Washington's Walter Johnson had come back from two losses to win the seventh and deciding game, Johnson dominated in Games 1 and 4, but lost Game 7.

The Senators built up a 3–1 Series lead. After Pittsburgh won the next two games, Johnson again took the mound for Game 7, and carried a 6–4 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. But errors by shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh in both the seventh and eighth innings led to four unearned runs, and the Pirates become the first team in a best-of-seven Series to overcome a 3–1 Series deficit to win the championship. Peckinpaugh, the Senators' regular shortstop and the 1925 American League Most Valuable Player, had a tough Series in the field, committing a record eight errors.

Playing conditions were of no help. The 1925 Series was postponed twice due to poor weather, and Game 7 was played in what soon became a steady downpour, described as "probably the worst conditions ever for a World Series game." Senators outfielder Goose Goslin reported that the fog prevented him from clearly seeing the infield during the last three innings of the game, and claimed that the Series-winning hit was actually a foul ball. In the next day's The New York Times, James Harrison wrote "In a grave of mud was buried Walter Johnson's ambition to join the select panel of pitchers who have won three victories in one World Series. With mud shackling his ankles and water running down his neck, the grand old man of baseball succumbed to weariness, a sore leg, wretched support and the most miserable weather conditions that ever confronted a pitcher."Twice in Game 7 the visiting Senators held leads of at least three runs over the Pirates but failed to hold them. In fact, after the top of the first inning, Washington led 4-0. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh eventually won the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 6-7 deficit into a 9-7 lead. To date, the four-run deficit is the largest ever overcome in the seventh game of the World Series.

A memorable play occurred during the eighth inning of Game 3. The Senators' Sam Rice ran after an Earl Smith line drive hit into right center field. Rice made a diving "catch" into the temporary stands, but did not emerge with the ball for approximately fifteen seconds. The Pirates contested the play, saying a fan probably stuffed the ball into Rice's glove. The call stood and Rice parried questions about the incident for the rest of his life—never explicitly saying whether he had or had not really made the catch. His typical answer (including to Commissioner Landis, who said it was a good answer) was always "The umpire said I caught it." Rice left a sealed letter at the Hall of Fame to be opened after his death. In it, he had written: "At no time did I lose possession of the ball."

Writer Lamont Buchanan wrote, "In 1925, the Senators hopped the Big Train once too often... earning Bucky [Harris] the criticism of many fans and American League head [Ban] Johnson who dispatched an irate wire to the Senators manager." In his telegram, Ban Johnson accused the manager of failing to relieve Walter Johnson "for sentimental reasons." Despite the second-guessing, Harris always said, 'If I had it to do over again, I'd still pitch Johnson.'" Contrary to what Ron Darling claimed, this was Walter Johnson's last World Series. By the time the original Washington Senators next reached the Fall Classic in 1933---their last before they became the Minnesota Twins---Johnson had retired.

1927 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1927 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball. That year, the Pirates won the National League pennant, which was their second in three years and their last until 1960. The team included five future Hall of Famers: Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Pie Traynor, Kiki Cuyler, and 20-year-old rookie Joe Cronin (who played just 12 games).

In the World Series, however, Pittsburgh was no match for the New York Yankees. They were swept in four games.

1930 Chicago Cubs season

The 1930 Chicago Cubs season was the 59th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 55th in the National League and the 15th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were managed by Joe McCarthy and Rogers Hornsby for the final four games of the season. They finished in second place in Major League Baseball's National League with a record of 90–64. In the peak year of the lively ball era, the Cubs scored 998 runs, third most in the majors. Future Hall of Famers Kiki Cuyler, Gabby Hartnett, and Hack Wilson led the offense.

1931 Chicago Cubs season

The 1931 Chicago Cubs season was the 60th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 56th in the National League and the 16th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 84–70, 17 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1934 Chicago Cubs season

The 1934 Chicago Cubs season was the 63rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 59th in the National League and the 19th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 86–65.

1934 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1934 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the second playing of the mid-summer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10 at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, the home of the New York Giants of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9–7.

The game is well known among baseball historians for the performance of NL starting pitcher Carl Hubbell. After allowing the first two batters to reach base on a single and a base on balls, Hubbell struck out five of the game's best hitters – Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin – in succession, setting a longstanding All-Star Game record for consecutive strikeouts.

1936 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1936 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the National League with a record of 74–80, 18 games behind the New York Giants.

1937 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1937 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished eighth and last in the National League with a record of 56–98, 40 games behind the New York Giants.

1968 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1968 followed rules revised in June 1967, which returned the BBWAA to annual elections without any provision for runoff.

In the event, the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted once by mail to select from recent major league players and

elected Joe Medwick.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It selected two players, Kiki Cuyler and Goose Goslin.

Buckshot May

William Herbert "Buckshot" May (December 13, 1899 – March 15, 1984) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who appeared in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1924. The 24-year-old right-hander stood 6'2" and weighed 169 lbs.

On May 9, 1924, May came in to pitch the top of the 9th inning in a home game against the Boston Braves at Forbes Field. He pitched a scoreless inning, with one strikeout, but the Pirates lost 10-7. His lifetime ERA stands at 0.00.

His manager was future Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie. Other notable teammates who would one day be members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler, Rabbit Maranville, and Pie Traynor.

May died in his hometown of Bakersfield, California at the age of 84.


Cuyler is an uncommon unisex name that has many meanings, such as being Dutch for "victory of the people" or Gaelic for "chapel". Kyler is an alternate spelling. Notable people with the surname include:

Jacob Glen Cuyler, South African magistrate

Kiki Cuyler, baseball player born in 1898

Milt Cuyler, baseball player born in 1968

Theodore L. Cuyler, Presbyterian minister

Thomas DeWitt Cuyler (1854–1922), American railroad executiveFictional characters:

Cuyler family, the main characters of the Adult Swim animated comedy Squidbillies

Kiki (name)

Kiki is the given name (often nickname) of:

Kiki Byrne (1937-2013), Norwegian-born London fashion designer

Kiki Carter (born 1957), American environmental activist, singer/songwriter and columnist

Kiki Curls (born 1968), Democratic member of the Missouri Senate

Kiki Cutter (born 1951), American alpine skier

Kiki Cuyler (1898–1950), American baseball player

Kiki Dee (born 1947), British singer

Kiki Camarena (1947–1985), murdered undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

Kiki Dimoula (born 1931), Greek poet

Kiki Divaris (c. 1925-2015), Greek fashion designer

Kiki Djan (1957-2004), Ghanaian keyboardist with the band Osibisa

Kiki Håkansson (born c. 1929), winner of the first Miss World beauty pageant in 1951

Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997), Austrian painter, sculptor and filmmaker

Kiki McDonough, British jewellery designer

Kiki Musampa (born 1977), Dutch footballer

Kiki Preston (1898–1946), American socialite and alleged mother of a son born out of wedlock with HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent

Kiki Sanford (born 1974), American research scientist in neurophysiology

Kierra Sheard (born 1987), American gospel and R&B singer

Kiki Shepard (born 1951), African-American television host

Kiki Sheung (born 1958), Hong Kong actress

Kiki Smith (born 1954), American feminist artist

Kiki Vandeweghe (born 1958), American basketball player and sports analystKiki is the name of

Xu Jiaqi (born 1995), Chinese singer and actress known as "Kiki"

Alice Prin (1901–1953), French artist, writer and model known as "Kiki de Montparnasse" or "Kiki"

Kiki of Paris (born 1945), Parisian photographerKiki is the last name of

Kirin Kiki (Keiko Nakatani, 1943–2018), Japanese actress

Albert Maori Kiki (1931–1993), Papua New Guinea pathologist and politician

Dani Kiki (born 1988), Bulgarian footballer

List of Chicago Cubs team records

The following lists statistical records and all-time leaders as well as awards and major accomplishments for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball club of Major League Baseball. The records list the top 5 players in each category since the inception of the Cubs.

Players that are still active with the Cubs are denoted in bold.

Records updated as of August 5, 2011.

List of Major League Baseball annual stolen base leaders

Major League Baseball recognizes stolen base leaders in the American League and National League each season.

Nashville Vols

The Nashville Vols were a minor league baseball team that played in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1901 to 1963. Known only as the Nashville Baseball Club during their first seven seasons, they were officially named the Nashville Volunteers (often shortened to Vols) in 1908 for the state's nickname, The Volunteer State. The Vols played their home games at Sulphur Dell, originally known as Athletic Park.

The Volunteers played as charter members of the Southern Association through 1961 and in the South Atlantic League in 1963. They were classified as Class B (1961), Class A (1902–1935), Class A1 (1936–1945), and Double-A (1946–1961 and 1963). During their 62-year existence, the Vols won eight Southern Association pennants and nine playoff championships, won four Dixie Series championships, and were affiliated with eight different major league teams. The 1940 Vols were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.

Right fielder

A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.

Rube Ehrhardt

Welton Claude Ehrhardt (November 20, 1894 – April 27, 1980) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched from 1924 to 1929 with the Brooklyn Robins and Cincinnati Reds.

A right-hander, Ehrhardt's career was delayed while he served in the Navy in World War I, so that he was nearly 30 by the time he made his Major League debut.

Ehrhardt was the losing pitcher in that debut on July 18, 1924, throwing a complete game but losing 4-0 to Eppa Rixey and the Cincinnati Reds. A month later, Ehrhardt turned the tables, outpitching Rixey in a 9-4 victory on Aug. 17 for the Robins, all four runs allowed being unearned due to his team's four errors. Ehrhardt's next start, four days later, came in Chicago, where he shut out the Cubs 2-0 with a four-hitter, Zack Wheat driving in both of Brooklyn's runs.

After winning five games during that 1924 season, Ehrhardt had his best year in 1925, winning 10 games. Dazzy Vance (22-9), Burleigh Grimes (12-19) and Ehrhardt were the Robins' top starters that year. In his final appearance of the season, on Oct. 1, 1925, Ehrhardt was the losing pitcher but did hit his only home run. It came off Jimmy Ring in a 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 1926 and 1927, working mostly out of the bullpen, he ranked first in the National League in games finished, making 46 appearances during the 1927 season.

On April 18, 1929, Ehrhardt was traded to the Reds. He appeared in 24 games that season, all but one in relief. The start came In the final appearance of his career, on Oct. 5, 1929, when Ehrhardt pitched a complete-game shutout in Cincinnati to defeat the Cubs 9-0. It was a five-hitter, Kiki Cuyler getting two of Chicago's hits. Ehrhardt had a single at the plate in that final game.

He reportedly worked in a Chicago Heights, Illinois steel mill for 20 years following his retirement from baseball. Ehrhardt is buried in Trinity Lutheran cemetery in Crete, Illinois.

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