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    One of my many hobbies is painting, and tonight I undertook the task of painting "Big Klu" of the Cincinnati Reds. I am more satisfied with this painting than any other I have done, which may speak more to my lack of talent than anything. Anyway, without further adieu...
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  • #2
    Good job -- and GREAT hobby!

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    • #3
      It is my custom that whenever someone brings someone up, I try to turn it into a tribute thread.

      Why not talk about Ted? How did he compare to Johnny Mize, Gil Hodges, Roy Sievers, Frank Howard, Moose Skowron or Boog Powell?

      Ted Kluszewski, Reds' 1B, 1956-------BB Reference Page ------------------------------------Big Klu--White Sox' 1B, 1959
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      Top OPS+ seasons of some prominent 1Bmen.  
      (Minimum 500 PA, except for pre-1900, due to fewer games/season.)
      
      Lou Gehrig........221, 208, 203, 195, 194, 190 Average: 202
      Dan Brouthers.....206, 201, 199, 189, 187, 182 Average: 194
      Jimmie Foxx.......205, 200, 188, 186, 182, 182 Average: 191
      Frank Thomas..-...212, 181, 180, 178, 178, 177 Average: 184
      Mark McGwire......217, 203, 178, 175, 168, 164 Average: 184
      Cap Anson.........200, 191, 180, 178, 176, 176 Average: 183(fewer games/season due to era)
      Roger Connor......201, 185, 184, 176, 171, 168 Average: 181
      Willie McCovey....211, 182, 175, 165, 161, 160 Average: 176
      Dick Allen........200, 181, 174, 166, 165, 162 Average: 175
      Jeff Bagwell......213, 179, 169, 168, 158, 152 Average: 173
      Albert Pujols.....189, 180, 175, 167, 158, 155 Average: 170
      Johnny Mize.......178, 176, 175, 172, 161, 160 Average: 170
      Hank Greenberg....172, 170, 170, 169, 163, 156 Average: 166
      Harmon Killebrew..179, 174, 161, 161, 158, 153 Average: 164
      George Sisler.....181, 170, 161, 157, 154, 140 Average: 161
      Bill Terry........158, 156, 149, 141, 137, 135 Average: 146
      Ted Kluszewski....166, 147, 145, 142, 132, 124 Average: 142
      Gil Hodges........143, 142, 141, 138, 128, 126 Average: 136

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      • #4
        Nice work! That is a very cool hobby. Have you done any other baseball paintings? Was this the photograph you used?



        My dad used to talk about how strong Big Klu was. He was also a great hitter once he developed his power stroke. Does anyone know why it took him a few years to start hitting homers or why he was out of the lineup so much once he hit his 30s?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Otis Nixon's Bodyguard View Post
          Nice work! That is a very cool hobby. Have you done any other baseball paintings? Was this the photograph you used?



          My dad used to talk about how strong Big Klu was. He was also a great hitter once he developed his power stroke. Does anyone know why it took him a few years to start hitting homers or why he was out of the lineup so much once he hit his 30s?

          I did see Ted play an exhibition game against the then farm team Buffalo Bisons at Offereman Stadium in Buffalo NY.

          Saw him hit one over the wall in RF, across Woodlawn Avenue, over the first row of houses on the other side of Woodlawn and landing on top of a roof of a house behind the first row of houses. LOOOOOOONG BAAAALLL.

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          • #6
            Klu with the Los Angeles Angels 1961

            adding alot of class to an expansion team...
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            • #7
              I think Ted is posing with Steve Bilko in the upper right photo.
              "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hairmetalfreek View Post
                One of my many hobbies is painting, and tonight I undertook the task of painting "Big Klu" of the Cincinnati Reds. I am more satisfied with this painting than any other I have done, which may speak more to my lack of talent than anything. Anyway, without further adieu...
                Very cool! :bowdown:

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                • #9
                  He was juicing.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Otis Nixon's Bodyguard View Post
                    Nice work! That is a very cool hobby. Have you done any other baseball paintings? Was this the photograph you used?



                    My dad used to talk about how strong Big Klu was.
                    Baseball is all I do. I also have a Cesar Geronimo that I painted last week that I am not happy with whatsoever, and a Griffey Sr. that I just finished tonight (post coming soon).

                    That is the photograph I used. I had trouble finding one that I was happy with, that didn't have too much bat in it. I have trouble with bats (as you'll see in the Griffey paiting coming in the forthcoming post). I was glad I found that photo.

                    My dad used to tell me about Big Klu all the time also. If it weren't for my dad, I wouldn't know much about old-time baseball. He watched him play at Crosley several times. I'm not sure, but I think he was his favorite player.
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                    • #11
                      My son didn't have school today because of the primaries in Kentucky, so we spent part of the afternoon at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Here is a blurry picture of Ted's plaque (which I will need to retake next time since it turned out blurry) and the statue of Klu standing outside Great American Ballpark.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by OleMissCub View Post
                        He was juicing.
                        Sure, if you count steak sauce.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post
                          Sure, if you count steak sauce.
                          Just wanted to make sure that we all understand that I was completely kidding...
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