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Hazen Shirley Cuyler
Born: Aug. 30, 1898 in Harrisville, Mich.
Died: Feb. 11, 1950 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Debut: 1921 | Pos: OF
H: 5’10.5″ | W: 180 | B: R | T: R

18 1879 7161 1305 2299 128 1065 328 .321

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Kiki Cuyler earned a reputation as a quiet man who could hit powerful line drives. The player who broke in with the Pirates in 1921 died in 1950, 18 years before he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

In his career, Cuyler hit .321, drove in 1,065 runs and stole 328 bases. He was an All-Star in 1934 and he finished second in the National League MVP voting in 1924. He led the league in stolen bases four times (1926, 1928, 1929 and 1930) and in runs twice (1925 and 1926). He never led the league in batting average, but he hit better than .350 four times in his career.

In 1925, he hit .357 for the Pirates with 18 home runs, 102 RBI and 41 stolen bases. In the 1925 World Series, Cuyler was at his best in game 7. He made a memorable catch and hit a two-run double off Walter Johnson to break a 7-7 tie with Washington.

According to his obituary, 5,000 Pirates fans were waiting for Cuyler when he left the clubhouse after that game. The report said the jubilant fans carried their champion Cuyler to his house more than a half-mile from the stadium.

In 1927, however, he was benched by the Pirates by manager Donie Bush and held out of the World Series against the Yankees. Following the season, he was traded to the Cubs for Sparky Adams and rookie Pete Scott. He returned to form with the Cubs and drove in 102 and 134 runs for Chicago in 1928 and 1929.

He played in the 1929 and 1932 series with the Cubs, who came up on the losing side in both series. Cuyler led the league in stolen bases four times. He hit .281 in 16 World Series games with two home runs and 12 RBI.

Following his career as a player, Cuyler managed in the Southern Association from 1939 to 1941. He was a coach for the Cubs from 1942 to 1943 and returned to the Southern Association to manage Atlanta from 1944 to 1948. He returned to the major leagues as a coach for Boston in 1949.

In 1968, he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.