October 24, 1858|
Leipzig, German Confederation
|Died: October 27, 1921
Sulphur Springs, Ohio
|May 1, 1883, for the Columbus Buckeyes|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1892, for the St. Louis Browns|
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.
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.
- List of Major League Baseball career triples leaders
- List of players from Germany in Major League Baseball