Red Killefer

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Red Killefer
Red Killefer.jpg
Born: (1885-04-13)April 13, 1885
Bloomingdale, Michigan
Died: September 4, 1958(1958-09-04) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1907, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
August 19, 1916, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.248
Home runs3
Runs batted in116

Wade Hampton "Red" Killefer (April 13, 1885 – September 4, 1958) was an outfielder and second baseman in Major League Baseball who played seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1907–1909), Washington Senators (1909–1910), Cincinnati Reds (1914–1916), and New York Giants (1916).

Born in Bloomingdale, Michigan, Killefer attended the University of Michigan from 1904 to 1907 before joining the Detroit Tigers in September 1907. Killefer led the American League and the National League in being hit by pitches in 1910 (16) and 1915 (19). Killefer batted .248 with 3 home runs in 467 career games. Though he played on the Tigers' American League pennant winning teams in 1907 and 1908, Killefer did not play in either World Series. On August 13, 1909, the Tigers traded Killefer and Germany Schaefer to the Washington Senators for Jim Delahanty.

Red with the Pacific Coast League.

On July 20, 1916, Killefer was traded by the Reds with Buck Herzog to the New York Giants for three future Hall of Famers: Christy Mathewson, Edd Roush, and Bill McKechnie. After the trade, Killefer had only one at bat for the Giants before retiring.

In 467 major league games, Killefer was a versatile player who logged time at every position except pitcher: 135 games as a center fielder, 135 games as a left fielder, 129 games as a second baseman, 27 games as a right fielder, 11 games as a third baseman, 8 games as a shortstop, 3 games as a catcher, and 2 games as a first baseman.

Killefer is noted as being the first ever batter at Wrigley Field, as a visiting team batter for the Cincinnati Reds. After his playing career ended, Killefer was a minor league manager for 25 years, from 1917 to 1941. His managerial career included stints with the following teams:

He was inducted in the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

Killefer's brother, Bill Killefer, was a major league catcher from 1909 to 1921 with the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago Cubs.

Killefer died in Los Angeles at age 73 in 1958.

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