Hazen Shirley “Kiki” Cuyler played for 18 seasons (1921-38), primarily as a rightfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. He also spent seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers and was one of the best hitters in the National League. During his first 8 full seasons he averaged a .336 BA, 110 runs and 32 SBs, including three 200 hit campaigns. Also known for his speed, he led the NL in stolen bases 4 times, and once hit two inside-the-park homers in the same game in 1925 at tiny Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. He played in 3 World Series, helping the Pirates win the Championship in 1925, and also played on pennant winners with Chicago in 1929 and 1932. He finished his career with a lifetime .321 batting average and 2299 hits. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1968.
Across the street from the cemetery where Cuyler is buried is “Ki Cuyler’s Sports Bar and Grill,” a restaurant originally financed by Cuyler and run by his son. Kiki lived there for a time in quarters over the bar. No longer owned by the family, the current owners have kept the name.
August 17, 2014