Chuck Klein was a hard-hitting outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs,and Pittsburgh Pirates during his impressive 17-year career. He signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals after they recognized his talent playing semi-pro baseball, but his contract was soon sold to the Philadelphia Phillies. The powerful two-time All-Star led the National League in batting average once, RBIs twice, home runs four times, won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1932, and earned the National League Triple Crown in 1933. Klein finished off his career with a lifetime batting average of .320, 1,201 RBIs, 2,076 hits, and 300 home runs. In 1980 Chuck Klein was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2001, his jersey was retired by the Philadelphia Phillies.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
August 15, 2011