Willie Keeler

Birthdate 3/13/1872
Death Date 1/1/1923
Debut Year 1892
Year of Induction 1939
Teams Dodgers, Giants, Orioles (NL), Yankees
Position Right Field

Wee Willie Keeler stood only 5’4″ tall but packed a wallop as tallied 2,932 hits and a lifetime batting average of .341 in his 19-year career. 

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Willie Keeler's Hall of Fame plaque

Willie Keeler's Hall of Fame plaque

The first part of Willie Keeler’s quote is often lost thought the second is usually remembered, “Keep your eye clear, and hit ’em where they ain’t”. The two-time batting champ hit .424 in 1897 — the highest mark ever for a left handed hitter. That same season he started the year with a 44-game hitting streak which would stand until Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 straight in 1941.
Willie Keeler was the best man in Bill Dahlen's wedding; here's Dahlen's autograph

Willie Keeler was the best man in Bill Dahlen's wedding; here's Dahlen's autograph

Willie Keeler served as best man in Bill Dahlen’s second wedding on December 22, 1903. The two were teammates from 1899-1902. “Bad Bill” Dahlen played from 1891-1911 and retired as baseball’s all-time leader in games played. He also ranked in the top ten in most offensive cat

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