October 15, 1939 |
|September 27, 1958, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 2, 1970, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||69|
Louis Stephen Klimchock (born October 15, 1939) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played parts of 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves, Washington Senators, New York Mets, and Cleveland Indians. Primarily a third baseman and second baseman, Klimchock batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg).
A native of Hostetter, Pennsylvania, Klimchock graduated from Latrobe High School. His 15-season pro career began in 1957 and included two stellar seasons in minor league baseball: 1958, when he batted .389 with 25 home runs in the Class C Pioneer League, and 1963, when he hit .352 with 19 long balls in only 81 games played in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. In his most successful MLB campaign, Klimchock batted .287 in 90 games for the 1969 Indians. He also spent part of that season in the Pacific Coast League. In fact, Klimchock's dozen years of MLB service (1958–66; 1968–70) were all partial seasons, punctuated by time spent in the minor leagues.
During his MLB tenure he played in 318 games and had 669 at bats, 64 runs, 155 hits, 21 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs, 69 RBI, 31 walks, .232 batting average, .264 on-base percentage, .330 slugging percentage, 221 total bases, 4 sacrifice hits, 6 sacrifice flies and 5 intentional walks.
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