Monday, September 10, 2012
On this day in 1924, Ted Kluszewski was born.
On August 25, 1959, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Ted Kluszewski to the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Bob Sagers and Harry "Suitcase" Simpson. Over one season and a half, Ted hit seven home runs and forty-nine RBI. By the time Klu came to the White Sox, his career was nearly over. He was reduced to a part-time player, due to injuries.
Still, Ted provided the right punch to vault the Sox into the postseason for the first time since 1919. Kluszewski hit two home runs in the 1959 World Series opener, helping his team score a 11-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ted was taken in the expansion draft by the Los Angeles Angels. The inaugural season in Los Angeles turned out to be Kluszewski's last in the majors.