Ken Keltner

Ken Keltner cooperstownexpert.com
Birthdate 10/31/1916
Death Date 12/12/1991
Debut Year 1937
Year of Induction
Teams Indians, Red Sox
Position Third Base

Defensive gems by 7-time All Star Ken Keltner helped stop DiMaggio’s 56-game streak; Keltner hit the pennant-winning homer in the 1st single-game AL playoff.

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Seven-time All Star and former world champ Ken Keltner signed government post card from 1948

Seven-time All Star and former world champ Ken Keltner signed government post card from 1948

Ken Keltner is remembered today for his sparkling defensive plays at third base that helped stopped Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak at 56 games in 1941. To reduce the career of the 7-time All Star to just one game is a crime. Keltner broke into the big leagues in 1937 with the Indians, playing in ju
The Cleveland postmark of August 19, 1948 came in the Indians World Series championship year

The Cleveland postmark of August 19, 1948 came in the Indians World Series championship year

The beauty of government postcards is the US Postal Service’s date and location stamp. This card was sent from Cleveland on August 19, 1948, during the second championship season in Indians history. Cleveland was in the midst of a six-game homestand, having just beaten the Browns 3-0 on the da
Keltner was Bob Feller's teammate for 9 seasons in Cleveland

Keltner was Bob Feller's teammate for 9 seasons in Cleveland

Ken Keltner made his debut with the Indians as a 20-year old in 1937. One of his teammates was Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. The pair played together for 9 seasons, though it would’ve been 13 if not for each serving in the military during World War II. Shown here is the first page of a four
Feller writes about third baseman Keltner's costly error in the 3-2 walk-off loss

Feller writes about third baseman Keltner's costly error in the 3-2 walk-off loss

Bob Feller took the hill in the first game of a doubleheader on September 20th against the Tigers. He and Tigers hurler Fred Hutchinson faced off in a pitcher’s duel. Through the first 9 innings, each pitcher allowed just two earned runs. Feller ran into a jam in the bottom of the tenth. With
Ken Keltner represented the Indians in seven All Star Games from 1940-1948

Ken Keltner represented the Indians in seven All Star Games from 1940-1948

Ken Keltner had a long and prosperous run with the Indians. Along the way he had many highlights. The third baseman is perhaps best known for making defensive gems that helped stop Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941. He did much more than that. In his first full season of 1938 Kelt
The third baseman's finest year came for the world champs in 1948

The third baseman's finest year came for the world champs in 1948

Every big leaguer dreams of winning the World Series. For Ken Keltner, that dream came true in 1948. With career best numbers in homers (31), RBI (119), on-base percentage (.395), and WAR (6.1), Keltner helped the Indians win the American League pennant. The Cleveland offense was aided by second bas

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