Big Klu! Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Ted Kluszewski was notorious for his strength. When Kluszewski joined the Reds in 1947, he cut off the sleeves of his uniform, an action he took because the tight sleeves constricted his large biceps and shoulders and interfered with his swing.
Kluszewski was a first baseman, was with the Reds from 1947-1957, and was an NL All-Star from 1953-1956. He had a .298 lifetime batting average, with 279 home runs and 1,028 RBI, hitting over .300 seven times. In 1954, he was the NL MVP runner-up to Willie Mays, hitting .326 and leading the NL in home runs (49), RBI (141), and fielding average (.996). For his career, Kluszewski walked (492) more often than he struck out (365). He is the only player in major league history to hit 35 or more homers in four seasons in which he had fewer strikeouts than home runs!
Defensively, in 1,479 games at first base, he compiled a career .993 fielding percentage.