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...AND MADISON'S GREEN FIELDS
Robert Shaplen
May 14, 1956
Harvey Edward Kuenn was one of the last bonus players to be signed under the old rule which permitted bonus babies to be farmed to the minors. Kuenn, fresh off the University of Wisconsin campus, descended into the tradition-encrusted Three-Eye League, hit a brisk .340 while playing shortstop for Davenport and promptly rose to Detroit. Called up at the tail end of the 1952 season to the Tigers, who were finishing a dismal last (the only time Detroit ever did finish last), Kuenn hit .325 in 80 times at bat, a rather remarkable performance for a green rookie. The following season Kuenn took over as the regular shortstop and had a season such as little boys dream of. He played in 155 games, set a new American League record with 679 at bats, led the league with 209 base hits, batted .308 and was voted Rookie of the Year. He hit .306 in 1954, equaled that mark again in 1955.
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May 14, 1956

...and Madison's Green Fields

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Harvey Edward Kuenn was one of the last bonus players to be signed under the old rule which permitted bonus babies to be farmed to the minors. Kuenn, fresh off the University of Wisconsin campus, descended into the tradition-encrusted Three-Eye League, hit a brisk .340 while playing shortstop for Davenport and promptly rose to Detroit. Called up at the tail end of the 1952 season to the Tigers, who were finishing a dismal last (the only time Detroit ever did finish last), Kuenn hit .325 in 80 times at bat, a rather remarkable performance for a green rookie. The following season Kuenn took over as the regular shortstop and had a season such as little boys dream of. He played in 155 games, set a new American League record with 679 at bats, led the league with 209 base hits, batted .308 and was voted Rookie of the Year. He hit .306 in 1954, equaled that mark again in 1955.

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