Art Kusnyer

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Art Kusnyer
Born: (1945-12-19) December 19, 1945 (age 78)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1970, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1978, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.176
Home runs3
Runs batted in21
Career highlights and awards

Arthur William Kusnyer (born December 19, 1945) is an American former catcher in Major League Baseball who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 37th round of the 1966 amateur draft. He played for the White Sox (1970), California Angels (1971–1973), Milwaukee Brewers (1976), and Kansas City Royals (1978).

He was somewhat error-prone behind the plate during sporadic playing time at the major league level, committing 20 errors in just 136 games for a .970 fielding percentage. He also had trouble at the plate, with a lifetime batting average of just .176 with 3 home runs and 21 RBIs in 313 career at bats.

Career highlights include:

Kusnyer was involved in a nine-player transaction when he was sent along with Steve Barber, Clyde Wright, Ken Berry and cash from the Angels to the Brewers for Ellie Rodríguez, Ollie Brown, Joe Lahoud, Skip Lockwood and Gary Ryerson on October 23, 1973.[1]

After his playing career, he eventually found his way back to the White Sox as the bullpen coach, where he served for 19 years (1980–87, 1997–2007). In between, from 1988 to 1995, he held the same position with the Oakland Athletics.[2] He was a longtime member of Tony La Russa's coaching staffs in both cities. Kusnyer stepped away from coaching full time in 2007 when his failing eyesight became too much of an obstacle. Between August 2007 and April 2008, he underwent eight surgeries to attempt to restore his vision.[3] In 2008-2009, he was listed as a roving minor league instructor by the White Sox.[4][5]


  1. ^ Fletcher, Walter R. "People in Sports: Cubs' Jenkins in Texas Livery?" The New York Times, Wednesday, October 24, 1973. Retrieved November 28, 2020
  2. ^ "Art Kusnyer".
  3. ^ Call, Andy (April 25, 2008). "Around Baseball: Former big-leaguer, coach battling eye problems". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  4. ^ Baseball America 2008 Annual Directory
  5. ^ Baseball America 2009 Annual Directory

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