as a Pitcher
6'2", 186 lbs.
Debut: July 26, 1918
In a four-season career, Kinney posted a 11-20 record with 129 strikeouts and a 3.59 ERA in 290-2/3 innings pitched.
Walt Kinney's major league debut was with the Red Sox on July 26, 1918. He was one of Boston's batting practice pitchers in the World Series.
Kinney pitched record games for the Philadelphia Athletics in both 1919 and again in 1920 - as a starter and reliever. In fact, he was the relief pitcher for Babe Ruth in World Series of 1918.
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 and did so - on May 9, 1923. He became one of the few players to hit a home run in his final major league at-bat.
His baseball career together with its celebrity and financial gain lead him into to a variety of difficulties during the course of his life. Despite that fact, he lived until Jun 25, 1971 when he died in San Diego County, California.
"League Champions - This 1915 team, known as the "Denison Railroaders", won the 1915 Western Association League championship, beating out teams from Tulsa, Okalhoma City, Fort Smith, Muskogee, McAlester, Sherman and Paris.
Although files are incomplete and exact identifcation of the members is difficult, following is the roster . Along with the positions of the starters.
Front Row, Boston Campbell, left field Bill Harper, second base, Dick Spear, Bob Covington, pitcher; Edminson (first name unknown)
Second row, Jew Heilman, first base; Ray Query, catcher; Babe Peebles, right fielder and manager; Ezra Glenn, pitcher; and Duggan Brooks, third base.
Top row, Fred Nicholson, center field; Tex Merritt, catcher; Walter Kinney, pitcher; Rogers Hornsby, shortstop; and Sheffield
(first name unknown).
They played in Forest Park, where Munson Stadium now stands. Frank McCune of Denison, who was in the fifth grade when this team played, gave the Herald much of the information about the team."