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Walt Kinney 
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Walt Kinney was born on Saturday, September 9, 1893, in Denison, Texas. Kinney was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 26, 1918, with the Boston Red Sox.  Played for Philadelphia Athletics 1919 - 1920, 1923 = 4 year career

Birth Name:   Walter William Kinney 
Nickname:   Walt 
Born On:   09-09-1893 
 Born In:   Denison, Texas 
Zodiac:   Virgo 
 Died On:   07-01-1971 
 Died In:   Escondido, California 
Cemetery:   Cremated 
 College:   None Attended 
 Bats:   Left 
 Throws:   Left 
 Height:   6-02 
 Weight:   186 
First Game:   07-26-1918 (Age 24) 
Last Game:   05-09-1923 
Draft:   Not Applicable 

Walt Kinney's major league debut was with the Red Sox on July 26, 1918. He saw little action during the last five weeks of the season, but did serve as one of Boston's batting practice pitchers in the World Series.

Kinney pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1919 and 1920, both as a  starter and reliever. During spring training in 1921, however, he was banned from baseball for five years by Commissioner Landis for violating his contract by joining an independent team that had offered him more money. Kinney was able to return to baseball two years later. On May 9, 1923, he became one of the few players to hit a home run in his final major league at-bat.

 63 of his 65 career defensive appearances were at pitcher

WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918

Name: Walter William Kinney 
Address: 717 W Wooderd, Denison 
County: Grayson 
State: Texas 
Birthplace: Denison Texas;United States of America 
Birth Date: 9 Sep 1894 
Race: Caucasian (White) 
Roll: 1953402 
DraftBoard: 2
Occupation: Prof. Ball Player, Denison B...? 
Married, does not name wife
medium height/build, blue eyes, light brown hair
Physical disability: blind in one eye

13 Jun 1900; Census Place: Denison Ward 3, Grayson, Texas; Roll: T623 1639; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 98.
John W Kimrey 39 5/1861, NY, married 10 yrs, parents Ireland, carpenter, residing at 817 West Day Street
Cora E Kimrey 26 9/1873, MO, 4 children of the marriage, father Scotland, mother KY
Nora Kimrey 8 12/1891
Walter Kimrey 6 9/1893
Birdie Kimrey 2 8/1897
Mary Kimrey 1 12/1898

22 Apr 1910; Census Place: Dennison Ward 3, Grayson, Texas; Roll: T624_1557; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 85; Image: 336.
J W Kinney 48 born abt 1862 MO parents Ireland married 20 yrs carpenter for RR home was mortgaged
Cora E Kinney 36 born abt 1874 MO father Scotland mother KY 8 children of the marriage, 7 living
Nora Kinney 18 abt 1892 TX
Walter Kinney 16 abt 1894 TX
Birdie Kinney 12 abt 1898 TX
Mary Kinney 11 abt 1899 TX
Elsie Kinney 9 abt 1901 TX
Wilma Kinney 3 abt 1907 TX
Carl Kinney 1 1/12 abt 1909 TX

1920;Census Place: Denison Ward 3, Grayson, Texas; Roll: T625_1809; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 88; Image: 220.
Walter W Kinney 25 TX, parents both listed as MO, residing 717 W Woodard St, baseball player
Jessie Kinney 30 abt 1890 TX father MO mother TX
Walter W Kinney Jr 1 5/12 abt 1918

1930; Census Place: Santa Ana, Orange, California; Roll: 182; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 76; Image: 368.0.
Walter Kinney 36, 1040 W 4th St, rents $35 month, has radio, was 18 when he married Jessie, professional ball player
Jessie Kinney 40
Walter Jr Kinney 11
Mary Kinney 9

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