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					Baseball's Forgotten Superstar: Cubs Premier Catcher Johnny Kling

<p>It's time the public knows the truth.</p><p>There is a baseball
superstar whose records have NEVER been surpassed, and yet a misjudgement
almost 100 years ago never allowed him into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Imagine -- if the errors were discovered after all this time passed...
and the National Baseball Commission was notified. What might
happen?</p><p>This is a TRUE story. And the outcome is still being
decided.</p><p>The story is about baseball's forgotten superstar -- who
no one knows – the Chicago Cubs premier catcher of the deadball era --
Johnny Kling. Kling helped win the Chicago Cubs two World Series and four
major pennants. He was the brains behind Tinker, Evers & Chance, and yet
was erroneously bad-mouthed as "the original holdout." No one knew the
real story behind Kling's decision to take an indefinite leave of absence
-- till now. Why wasn't he given his rightful place in
history?</p><p>Author Gil Bogen reveals history's secrets in the ONLY
book on Kling, "Johnny Kling, A Baseball Biography.” This book was
recently released by McFarland & Company, with a foreword by Ernie Banks.
Kling's baseball records of 1546 assists from 13 seasons of playing have
never been matched. Besides that, Kling has been proven to be the first
Jewish ballplayer of the 20th century, but he was erased from Jewish
history books. AND -- he was also THE FIRST person to desegregate seating
in a professional baseball park! Stories like these have never been made
public before.</p><p>Now, ninety-six years later, grandson John Kling and
Bogen intend to right the wrongs done to the nation’s first Jewish
ballplayer of the 20th century, who began playing with the Cubs on
September 1st, 1900 – June 11th, 1911. Bud Selig, National Baseball
Commissioner, is reviewing facts never before studied in Kling’s original
contract. Based on the findings in Bogen’s book, Johnny Kling, A Baseball
Biography, (published by McFarland & Company) new light is being shed on
why Johnny Kling was kept from Baseball’s Hall of Fame.</p><p>History’s
records stated that Johnny Kling violated his 1909 contract because he
was holding out for a larger salary. Not true. Bogen’s book reveals the
real reason why Kling needed an indefinite leave of absence in 1909: he
needed to oversee management of his billiard emporium. Kling was a world
famous billiards champion, and led many successful business
ventures.</p><p>Kling was given verbal and written leave by Charles Webb
Murphy, owner of the Chicago Cubs, on March 4th, 1909. March 4th was a
key date. According to Kling’s contract, he had to report to spring
training forty days prior to April 15th, which would have been on March
6th. So, when Murphy gave Kling his indefinite leave on March 4th, Kling
was legally within his rights to be granted time off.</p><p>The Seventh
Annual Report of the National Baseball Commission, issued in 1911, will
show that President Murphy confused the Commission when he gave Kling a
second later leave of absence. They could not explain it. The new Johnny
Kling book offers a reasonable speculation as to Murphy’s actions. The
report was signed by Garry Herrmann, Chairman of the National Baseball
Commission and by Thomas A. Lynch, President of the National
League.</p><p>After Kling passed away, in an attempt to help him get into
the Hall of Fame, Kling’s wife wrote to all the media and stated that her
husband wasn’t really Jewish. The act only served to erase Kling’s name
from Jewish history books, but never brought him his rightful place in
the Hall of Fame.</p><p>“We’re grateful to Bud Selig,” says grandson John
Kling. “He is wonderful in being willing to have my grandfather’s records
reviewed. We know that when this is done, it will be seen that the
National Baseball Commission erred when it ruled that my grandfather
violated his 1909 contract.”</p><p>“He deserves to be in the Hall of
Fame,” states Bogen, whose findings uncovered the truth. “There was no
one like him in history. No one could steal a base off Johnny Kling, not
even Ty Cobb. He could throw a ball from a crouched position to save a
few seconds, and that extra time made the difference. He also knew the
strengths and weaknesses of every player on every opposing
team.”</p><p>Johnny Kling helped the Chicago Cubs win four pennants and
two World Series, with his team mates Tinker, Evers & Chance. He also
helped the team establish win-loss records that stand today. Kling also
was the first person to desegregate seating in a professional park.
Unfortunately, after facing anti-Semitism, Kling’s religious affiliation
was later obscured from the public.</p><p>Both Bogen and Kling encourage
sports fans to petition the National Baseball Commission to allow Kling
into the Hall of Fame.</p><p>A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and former
psychiatrist, Gil Bogen, 80, is also the author of the Seymour award-
nominated baseball book, Tinker, Evers & Chance, A Triple
Biography.</p><p>Lynn B. Sanders, President of Park Avenue Productions,
oversees an award-winning creative writing and production company that
offers motivational, promotional and educational films to make a positive
difference in the world. Her focus is on subjects of social justice,
diversity, healthcare, the environment, education, personal history
stories and spirituality. Lynn's nationally award-winning patient safety
film, "Things You Should Know Before Entering The Hospital" will be
featured in the upcoming issue of Men's Health Magazine and distributed
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