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Full Name: Hazen Shirley Cuyler Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 5' 10.5"/180 First Game: September 29, 1921
Birthdate: August 30, 1898 Final Game: September 14, 1938
Birthplace: Harrisville, Michigan MLB Experience: 17 years
Died: February 11, 1950
Deathplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968


Biography

Hazen Shirley "Kiki" Cuyler (b. August 30, 1898, Harrisville, Michigan - d. February 11, 1950, Harrisville, Michigan) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1921 until 1938. His nickname "Kiki" (pronounced "cuy-cuy", to rhyme with "eye") reportedly came from the way in which he once stuttered his own last name.

Cuyler broke into the big leagues in 1921 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became a fixture in the lineup in 1924. Playing for the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers over the next decade and a half, 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 combined this great hitting with 18 home runs and 102 RBI. Cuyler's Pirates won the World Series that year, the only time in his career he would be part of a championship team.

Cuyler led the league in stolen bases four times and finished his career with 328 steals.

After his illustrious career as a player, Cuyler coached in the minor leagues, winning the Southern Association Championship in 1939 under Joe Engel and the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Washington Senators at Engel Stadium, with one of the only fan-owned franchises in the nation.

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.

Cuyler was buried in Harrisville, Michigan.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1921 PIT N 1 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1922 PIT N 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1923 PIT N 11 40 4 10 0 2 .250 .348 .325 1 1 5 3 1 0 2 0 0
1924 PIT N 117 466 94 165 9 85 .354 .402 .539 27 16 30 62 7 12 32 0 0
1925 PIT N 153 617 144 220 18 102 .357 .423 .598 43 26 58 56 13 12 41 0 0
1926 PIT N 157 614 113 197 8 92 .321 .380 .459 31 15 50 66 9 21 35 0 0
1927 PIT N 85 285 60 88 3 31 .309 .394 .435 13 7 37 36 3 5 20 0 0
1928 CHI N 133 499 92 142 17 79 .285 .359 .473 25 9 51 61 7 24 37 0 0
1929 CHI N 139 509 111 183 15 102 .360 .438 .532 29 7 66 56 5 16 43 0 0
1930 CHI N 156 642 155 228 13 134 .355 .428 .547 50 17 72 49 10 17 37 0 0
1931 CHI N 154 613 110 202 9 88 .330 .404 .473 37 12 72 54 5 20 13 0 0
1932 CHI N 110 446 58 130 10 77 .291 .340 .442 19 9 29 43 4 10 9 0 0
1933 CHI N 70 262 37 83 5 35 .317 .376 .447 13 3 21 29 4 7 4 0 10
1934 CHI N 142 559 80 189 6 69 .338 .377 .474 42 8 31 62 4 13 15 0 10
1935 CIN N 62 223 36 56 2 22 .251 .337 .341 8 3 27 18 2 1 5 0 2
1935 CHI N 45 157 22 42 4 18 .268 .331 .389 5 1 10 16 5 5 3 0 3
1935 TOT N 107 380 58 98 6 40 .258 .335 .361 13 4 37 34 7 6 8 0 5
1936 CIN N 144 567 96 185 7 74 .326 .380 .453 29 11 47 67 2 7 16 0 7
1937 CIN N 117 406 48 110 0 32 .271 .333 .320 12 4 36 50 2 5 10 0 15
1938 BRO N 82 253 45 69 2 23 .273 .363 .399 10 8 34 23 2 1 6 0 6
Total 1879 7161 1305 2299 128 1065 .321 .386 .474 394 157 676 752 85 176 328 0 53

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1921 PIT N OF 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1921 PIT N RF 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1923 PIT N OF 11 0 0 26 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .931
1924 PIT N OF 114 0 0 246 19 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 .943
1925 PIT N OF 153 0 0 362 21 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1926 PIT N OF 157 0 0 405 19 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1927 PIT N OF 73 0 0 195 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1928 CHI N OF 127 0 0 257 18 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1929 CHI N OF 129 0 0 288 15 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1930 CHI N OF 156 0 0 377 21 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1931 CHI N OF 153 0 0 347 11 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 .970
1932 CHI N OF 109 0 0 239 7 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1933 CHI N OF 69 0 0 130 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1934 CHI N OF 142 0 0 319 15 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1935 CIN N OF 57 0 0 123 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1935 CHI N OF 42 0 0 98 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1935 TOT N RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1935 TOT N CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1935 TOT N OF 99 0 0 221 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1936 CIN N OF 140 0 0 322 9 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1937 CIN N OF 106 0 0 174 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1938 BRO N OF 68 0 0 125 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .993
Total RF 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total OF 1807 0 0 4034 191 121 44 0 0 0 0 0 .972

Transactions

  • Sold by Bay City (Michigan-Ontario) to Pittsburgh Pirates (September, 1921).
  • Traded by Pittsburgh Pirates to Chicago Cubs in exchange for Sparky Adams and Pete Scott (November 28, 1927).
  • Released by Chicago Cubs (July 3, 1935).
  • Signed by Cincinnati Reds (July 5, 1935).
  • Released by Cincinnati Reds (October 4, 1937).
  • Signed by Brooklyn Dodgers (February 3, 1938).

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