On December 7, 1949 – After ten years in pinstripes‚ Charlie “King Kong” Keller is released by the Yankees. He’ll sign for a season in Detroit. Keller a 5 time All  Star played in 4 World Series winning 3 for New York. He hit 5 homeruns and drove in 18 in 19 World Series games.

Over his career, he was a steady contributor for New York, hitting 184 homeruns and driving in 723 runs over 1,066 games. With an impressive .286/.410/.518/ .928 OPS with a 152 OPS+.  He will play in 100 games over 2 seasons in Detroit and return to New York to retire at age 35.




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