Born: Dec. 4, 1930, in West Allis
Died: Feb. 28, 1988
UW sport: Baseball
Positions: Outfielder, shortstop, third baseman
Teams: 5 — Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies
Notes: Known to many baseball fans in Wisconsin for leading the Milwaukee Brewers’ “Harvey’s Wallbangers” squad to the franchise’s lone World Series appearance in 1982, Kuenn had a productive 15-year Major League Baseball career. After receiving All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a junior at UW in 1952, he went on to play with five teams from 1952-66. In 1,833 regular-season games, he posted a career batting average of .303 while compiling 2,092 hits, 87 home runs and 671 RBIs. Kuenn, a 10-time all-star selection who won the 1959 American League batting title, appeared in three playoff games as a player, all for the New York Giants as they fell to the New York Yankees in the 1962 World Series. In 13 plate appearances in the seven-game series, he managed just one hit while finishing with a .083 batting average.
(ABOVE: Harvey Kuenn, the first American League batter in the 1955 All-Star game, singles to left as catcher Del Crandall and umpire Al Barlk watch July 12, 1955, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.)