SLC's Steve Kuehl contributing to two baseball books

Posted On May 07, 2015

Steve-K-smAs the sports world turns its attention to baseball, Steve Kuehl sits at his computer cranking out thousands of words about his favorite sport.

The Silver Lake College Mathematics Instructor and Department Chair interweaves anecdotes with statistics as he polishes his contributions to two books on baseball — one focuses on the Detroit Tigers, the other on the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kuehl grew up in the Escanaba area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula rooting for the Tigers and now lives in Plymouth, still a fervent Tigers fan.

He said he is enjoying the research process for his book contributions.

“I’m only 29 years old, so I don’t know a lot of the history behind the Tigers and Brewers. It’s a learning experience,” Kuehl said.

The first book, “Fifty Greatest Games Played at the Corner of Michigan and Trumbull,” is expected to be published later this year by the Society for American Baseball Research.

Kuehl’s first contribution is about the Tigers game against the Boston Red Sox on June 15, 1965. “Relief pitcher Dennis McLain struck out 14 batters, which is a Tigers record for a relief pitcher,” Kuehl said.

His second section of the book focuses on Sept. 14, 1998, when the Tigers played the Chicago White Sox. “It was an unusually high-scoring game with lots of action,” Kuehl said. The teams scored 33 runs and 41 hits, with six of them being home runs, he said. They played 18 pitchers and set three records during the game, which ended up a 17-16 victory for the White Sox.

The second book, “Memorable Games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium,” is expected to be published next year by the Society for American Baseball Research.

The first of Kuehl’s two contributions for that book is about the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 10, 1980.

“A Brewers player named Sixto Lezcano hit two home runs, with the second one being a walk-off grand slam. He is the first player ever to hit a grand slam on multiple opening days,” Kuehl said.

His second article is a feature about the movie “Major League,” which is about the Cleveland Indians, but was partially filmed at County Stadium and at a bar in Milwaukee.