Bill Kuehne

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Bill Kuehne
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Third baseman
Born: (1858-10-24)October 24, 1858
Leipzig, German Confederation
Died: October 27, 1921(1921-10-27) (aged 63)
Sulphur Springs, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 1, 1883, for the Columbus Buckeyes
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1892, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average .232
Hits 993
RBIs 533
Teams

William J. Kuehne [b. William J. Knelme] (October 24, 1858 – October 27, 1921) was an infielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1883 through 1892 for the Columbus Buckeyes (1883–84), Pittsburg Alleghenys (1885–89), Pittsburgh Burghers (1890), Columbus Solons (1891), Louisville Colonels (1891–92), St. Louis Browns (1892) and Cincinnati Reds (1892). Listed at 5' 8", 185 lb., Kuehne batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Leipzig, which was part of the German Confederation.

Basically a third baseman, Kuehne was able to play all positions but pitcher and catcher. He enjoyed his best years with the Pittsburgh teams, hitting .299 in 1887 as he led the National League with 138 games played in 1888. From 1883 to 1888 he averaged 15.33 triples per season, with a career-high 19 in 1895. Then, in 1892, he played for the Colonels, Browns and Reds during the regular season. Technically, that's three clubs, but he did have two separate stints with the Browns, becoming one of few Major Leaguers to achieve this rare distinction.

In a 10-season career, Kuehne was a .232 hitter (996-for-4284) with 25 home runs and 404 RBI in 1087 games, including 536 runs, 145 doubles, 115 triples, and 151 stolen bases.

After his long career, Kuehne retired to pursue his long-time hobby of archaeology, working periodically in Cultural Resource Management under the pseudonym "P.Webb" in North Carolina for several years before returning to his hometown. Kuehne died in Sulphur Springs, Ohio, three days after his 63rd birthday.

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