Len Koenecke Essentials

Positions: Centerfield
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 5′-11″ Weight: 180
Born: Monday, January 18, 1904 in Baraboo, WI USA
Died: September 17, 1935 in Etobicoke, ON CAN
Buried: Mount Repose Cemetery, Friendship, WI
High School: Adams Friendship HS (Friendship, WI)
Debut: April 12 1932 vs. PHI 4 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Last Game: September 15 1935 vs. CHC 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Full Name: Leonard George Koenecke

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Len Koenecke

Center fielder Len Koenecke was popular with his teammates, so the news of his death, 10,000 feet in the air, came as a great shock to them in September of 1935. Released by the Dodgers, Koenecke snapped and began drinking, and on September 17, he chartered a plane for Toronto, after being refused a seat on a commercial airliner. In mid-flight, Koenecke became beligerant and threatened the two-man crew of the small plane. A struggle ensued, which tossed the plane around as the pilot tried to subdue the drunken ballplayer. Finally, faced with no alternatives, the pilot, Joe Mulqueeney, hit Koenecke over the head with a fire extinguisher, killing him. The bizarre death of Koenecke at the age of 31, shocked the baseball world.
 
Best Season: 1934
In 123 games, Koenecke batted .320 with 14 homers and 73 RBI. He finished third in the National League in walks, fifth in OBP, and eighth in slugging. An excellent center fielder, he committed just two errors.
 
 

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