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Art Kusnyer

It is said that Art Kusnyer has made baseball his life. Well, it was a goof choice because baseball had been good for Art. From his early beginnings in the West Akron Baseball League, to Buchtel High and on to Kent State, Kusnyer became an outstanding hitter and catcher. That early success earned him his way into the Major League when he signed with the Chicago White Sox organization in 1966. He hit the Majors in 1970 with the White Sox and then he was traded in 1971 to the California Angels. He also saw duty with the Milwaukee Brewers (1976) and the Kansas City Royals (1978). The highlight of Kusnyer's 139-game major league career came on July 15, 1973 in Detroit when he was on the receiving end of Nolan Ryan's second career no-hitter. Since 1979 Kusnyer has been in the coaching end of baseball. He was the bullpen coach with the White Sox (1980-88) and since December 1,1988 has been in the same capacity on Tony LaRussa's staff at Oakland. The 1989 season will be a lasting memory for Kusnyer. He helped the A's capture the American League pennant and the World Series and he served on the coaching staff of the American League All-Stars who downed the National League All-Stars.

Inducted 1991 | Baseball