Ernie Krueger

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Ernie Krueger
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Born: (1890-12-27)December 27, 1890
Died: April 22, 1976(1976-04-22) (aged 85)
Waukegan, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 4, 1913, for the Cleveland Naps
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1925, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 93
Career highlights and awards
  • 1920 National League Pennant

Ernest George Krueger (December 27, 1890 – April 22, 1976) born in Chicago was a catcher for the Cleveland Naps (1913), New York Yankees (1915), New York Giants (1917), Brooklyn Robins (1917–1921) and Cincinnati Reds (1925).


Ernie Krueger graduated from Lake Forest College in 1915. During his playing career at Lake Forest College Krueger resided in the famed 80 Washington Circle, which to this day houses some of LFC's greatest athletes. He helped the Giants win the 1917 National League Pennant and the Robins win the 1920 NL Pennant.

In eight seasons, Krueger played in 318 Games and had 836 At Bats, 87 Runs, 220 Hits, 33 Doubles, 14 Triples, 11 Home Runs, 93 RBI, 12 Stolen Bases, 64 Walks, .263 Batting Average, .319 On-base percentage, .376 Slugging Percentage, 314 Total Bases and 8 Sacrifice Hits.

On May 1, 1920, Ernie Krueger was the catcher for the Brooklyn Robins in the "longest game in baseball history"–27 innings. Asked how he managed such a feat, he indicated that at the time there was no night baseball, so the game was played on two consecutive days. In later years, when baseball became a passion in Japan there were several Ernie Krueger fan clubs formed that honored his playing days. He was also one of the founders of the Old Timers Baseball Association and was often asked to throw out the first ball of the season at major league games in Chicago.

He died in Waukegan, Illinois at the age of 85. He was survived by his wife, Ruth Talcott Krueger, and one niece, Judith Talcott Rogers. A street was named in his honor in Waukegan, Illinois.