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Harvey Kuenn
Birth: Dec. 4, 1930
West Allis
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1988
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as a Shortstop and Outfielder for 15 seasons (1952 to 1966) with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. One of his era’s best singles hitters, he had a knack for getting on base. After playing a few games as a late-season call up in 1952 for the Tigers, he became their starting Shortstop, and would be one of Detroit’s few truly consistent stars of the 1950s. He was named to the American League All-Star team in each of his 7 full seasons with the Tigers. Four times he led the AL in hits (topping 200 twice), three times he led in Doubles, and led the League in Batting Average in 1959 (beating out Tigers teammate and future Hall of Famer Al Kaline) with a .353 clip. Only once in his tenure with Detroit did he bat below .300. On April 17, 1960 he was dealt to the Indians for slugger Rocky Colavito (the 1959 AL Home Run Champ) in a celebrate swap of team stars (Colavito was an extremely popular player in Cleveland and his trade was as unpopular as they come). Baseball lore placed the blame of the Indians 30-year slump on the Kuenn-Colavito trade. He played only one year with Cleveland (and represented them in the All-Star game, his last selection). After the season he was sent to the Giants for pitcher Johnny Antonelli and outfielder Willie Kirkland, and played as their starting Rightfielder for the next 4 seasons. In 1962 he helped the Giants win the National League Pennant, and go to the World Series against the New York Yankees. He played in only 3 Series games and would muster only a single hit in 12 at-bats. The Yankees would defeat the Giants (who fielded future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, William McCovey and Juan Marichal) in 7 Games. His hitting dropping off, he was dealt to the Cubs during the 1965 season. Three games into the 1966 year, the Cubs sent him to the Phillies, where he finished out the year before retiring. In 1971, after he had a leg amputated due to a bloodclot, he became a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and would take over as their Manager in 1982. In that year he led his team (nicknamed the “Harvey Wallbangers”) to the American League Pennant, and the World Series, where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 4 Games to 3. After one more years as the Brewers manager he retired from baseball altogether. His playing totals were 1,833 Games Played, 2,092 Hits, 951 Runs, 87 Home Runs, 671 RBIs, and a .303 career Batting Average. Significantly, he struck out only 404 times. His managerial record was 279 Games Managed, 160 Wins-170 Losses. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Sunland Memorial Park
Sun City
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Garden of Gethsemane Unit Two, Lot 125, Grave C2
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Record added: Feb 12, 1999
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