Hazen Shirley Cuyler is better known by his nickname – Kiki Cuyler – and yet, very few baseball fans can recall this Hall of Famer despite the fact that he played 18 years and finished his career with a batting average of .321. In 1925 he set two records that still stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates, most runs scored in a season with 144, and most total bases in a season with 369. But his time in Pittsburgh was short-lived, and after just four full season with the Pirates he was traded away to the Chicago Cubs amid a few different controversies of which might have cost Pittsburgh the 927 World Series Championship. Cuyler played with some of the game’s most legendary names, and was a very well-known player as well. But for whatever reason, and with such a unique nickname that is actually pronounced “Cuy Cuy” very few fans of the Prates or the Cubs, whom he led to two World Series appearances can recall the man whom drew comparisons to Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Joining the podcast for a look back at the career of Kiki Cuyler is Gregory Wolf, co-director of the biography project for SABR.
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