2. Best hitting first baseman in Reds history: Ted Kluszewski (1947-1957)
The Big Klu, Ted Kluszewski, is one of the most memorable players in the Cincinnati Reds lengthy history. Kluszewski was known for his imposing physical appearance and the incredible power in his bat.
Kluszewski totaled 251 home runs as a member of the Reds, which is good enough for fifth place all-time in team history and is second among Cincinnati first basemen. The Big Klu spent 11 seasons with the Reds and finished in the Top 10 in among MVP vote-getters on three seprate occasions. This included a second-place finish for the award in 1954.
In that 1954 season, Kluszewski set career highs across the board in home runs, RBIs, batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. Kluszewski's 49 home runs that season are still the most by any Reds first baseman in a single season.
Ted Kluszewski will always be known as one of the greatest Reds in history, especially for his cut-off sleeves and power in the batters' box. Kluszewski was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1962, just a year after he retired from professional baseball.
Kluszewski became actively involved as the hitting coach for the Reds during the Big Red Machine era. Kluszewski has a statue outside Great American Ball Park, and in 1998, his No. 18 was retired by the Reds, further cementing his legacy as a big part of the team's long and storied history.