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Ted Kluszewski’s Power Loss

Published by on June 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The big first baseman weighed in at 240 pounds. He was, with the possible exception of another first baseman, Gil Hodges, the strongest man in baseball.

He averaged 43 home runs and 116 RBIs from 1953-1956 and was as feared a hitter as Ted Williams or Stan Musial, but then back problems struck Ted Kluszewski.



Back Problems

In 1954, Ted Kluszewski hit 49 home runs, had 141 RBIs, and batted .326 for the Cincinnati Reds. He followed that up with 47 home runs, 113 RBI, and a .314 average in 1955, but his back started to bother him late in 1956.

He finished with 35 home runs, but missed a lot of games. In 1957, the back was a major problem, limiting Kluszewski to 127 at-bats and six home...

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