Date and Place of Birth: October 31, 1916 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: December 12, 1991 New Berlin, Wisconsin
Position: Third Base
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Kenneth F “Ken” Keltner was born on October 31, 1916 in
The young third baseman was quickly moved up to
Keltner became the Indians regular second baseman for the next seven years, making five all-star appearances and hitting home runs in double figures over five seasons.
On March 20, 1945 – six weeks before the
He was discharged on March 15, 1946, and rejoined the Indians. He enjoyed a further four seasons with the Indians, including 1948, when he hit a career-high 31 home runs (third best in the American League) and 119 RBIs.
Keltner was 33 when he was released by the
Indians in the spring of 1950. The Red Sox signed him and he played
thirteen games before being released in June. Keltner played one
last season in professional baseball with
Ken Keltner passed away on December 12, 1991 in
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