Ken Suarez
Ken Suarez
Full Name:  Kenneth Raymond Suarez
   School:  Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida


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Paul Dirks, Buddy Teagle, KEN SUAREZ  


FSU Career
Baseball
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  B  T  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1963  14  C       5-9  170  R  R  So   *   Tampa                 
1964      C       5-9  175  R  R  Jr   *   Tampa                 


Awards
Baseball
Year  Award
1964  American Baseball Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2005
Ken Suarez was a major impact player for the Seminoles in the 1960's. He proved his playing ability on the field in Tallahassee along with the basin league where he was named the league's most popular player. Ken's junior year in 1964, he led the Seminoles in runs, hits, home runs, total bases, bases on balls and runs batted in. He had 44 hits, six home runs, totaled 67 bases and drove in 30 runs on his way to earning first-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association. One of Ken's most memorable moments was getting a hit in the 1963 College World Series.

Suarez was named to the 1964 United States Olympic Baseball Team that competed in Japan and Korea, making Suarez the first Seminole baseball player to ever participate in the Olympics. After three seasons with the 'Noles, the 5-8 catcher decided to sign with the Kansas City Athletics.

Ken enjoyed nine years of professional baseball, including three years with Kansas City, four years with the Cleveland Indians and two seasons with the Texas Rangers.



FSU Statistics
Baseball
Batting Statistics
YEAR   AVG  GP  GS   AB  R   H   2B  3B  HR RBI  TB   SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB% SF SH  SB ATT
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1963  .214  16   7   28   5   6   0   0   0   3    6  .214   5   0   0      .314  2  0   0    
1964  .404  32  32  109  25  44   5   0   6  30   67  .615  21   4  11      .515  0  1   3    
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Tot   .365  48  39  137  30  50   5   0   6  33   73  .533  26   4  11   0  .473  2  1   3   0
Fielding Statistics
Year   PO  AST  E   FLD%  DP
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1963   24    6  3   .909    
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Tot    24    6  3   .909   0
Baseball
Game Statistics
1963
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 18 AUBURN                 7b .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar 21 CLEMSON                5a .000  1      0   0   0            0   0                      0           1
Mar 22 CLEMSON                7  .250  1 C    4   0   1            0   1                      0           1
Mar 23 NAVY                   5d .400  1      1   0   1            0   1                      0            
Apr  2 MIAMI                  9b .333  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 23 WAKE FOREST            7  .200  1 C    4   1   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 27 CAMP LEJEUNE           9d .273  1      1   0   1            0   1                      0            
May  3 FLORIDA                8b .250  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  4 FLORIDA                8a .231  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
May 13 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       8  .188  1 C    3   0   0            0   0                      0            
May 14 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       8  .167  1 C    2   1   0            0   0                      0            
May 16 GEORGIA TECH           8  .190  1 C    3   2   1            0   1                      0            
May 17 GEORGIA                8  .174  1 C    2   0   0            2   0            2         0            
May 18 GEORGIA                8  .192  1 C    3   0   1            0   1                      0            
Jun  1 WAKE FOREST            8a .185  1      1   0   0            0   0                      0            
Jun 12 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA    9a .214  1      1   0   1            1   1                      0            
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                                 .214 16  7  28   4   6  0  0  0   3   6  0   0  0  2  0  0   0    0   0  2
1964
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 16 FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL   4  .250  1 C    4   0   1            2   1                      0            
Mar 17 FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL   6  .286  1 C    3   1   1            0   1                      0            
Mar 19 CLEMSON                4  .300  1 C    3   1   1            0   1                      0            
Mar 21 CLEMSON                   .467  1 C    5   2   4            3   4                      0            
Mar 23 GEORGIA TECH           5  .444  1 C    3   0   1            0   1                  1   1            
Mar 25 NORTHEAST LOUSISIANA   7  .476  1 C    3   1   2        1   1   5      1               0            
Mar 26 NORTH CAROLINA         7  .542  1 C    3   1   3 1          2   4                      0            
Mar 27 MISSISSIPPI STATE      7  .538  1 C    2   2   1            0   1                      0            
Mar 30 NORTH CAROLINA         7  .533  1 C    4   1   2 1          3   3                      0            
Mar 31 WAKE FOREST            7  .515  1 C    3   1   1            1   1      1               0            
Apr  1 MICHIGAN STATE         7  .514  1 C    4   2   2        1   1   5                      0            
Apr  2 MICHIGAN STATE         7  .524  1 C    5   1   3            1   3                  1   1            
Apr  3 WAKE FOREST            6  .522  1 C    4   1   2            0   2                      0            
Apr  4 WAKE FOREST            7  .490  1 C    3   1   0            0   0                      0           1
Apr 20 AUBURN                 6  .471  1 C    2   0   0            0   0      1               0            
Apr 21 GEORGIA TECH           7  .455  1 C    4   1   1        1   2   4                      0            
Apr 22 GEORGIA                7  .446  1 C    1   0   0            0   0                      0           1
Apr 23 GEORGIA                7  .467  1 C    4   3   3 1      2   6  10                      0            
Apr 24 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       7  .477  1 C    5   1   3            0   3                      0            
Apr 25 GEORGIA SOUTHERN          .477  1 C                             0                      0            
May  4 AUBURN                 7  .456  1 C    3   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  5 AUBURN                 7  .443  1 C    2   1   0            0   0                      0           1
May 11 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       4  .444  1 C    2   1   1            1   1      1        1  1   1            
May 12 GEORGIA SOUTHERN       4  .434  1 C    4   0   1            1   1                      0            
May 16 JACKSONVILLE           4  .438  1 C    4   0   2            1   2                      0            
May 16 JACKSONVILLE           4  .429  1 C    4   0   1            0   1                      0            
May 22 FLORIDA                5  .414  1 C    3   0   0            0   0                      0            
May 29 FLORIDA                7  .411  1 C    3   0   1            1   1                      0            
May 30 FLORIDA                4  .419  1 C    3   1   2        1   1   5                      0            
May 30 FLORIDA                4  .417  1 C    3   1   1            1   1                      0            
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                                 .417 30 30  96  24  40  3  0  6  28  61  0   4  0  0  1  3   3    0   0  3


Pro Career
Baseball
Height: 5-9   Weight: 175  Throws: Right  Bats: Right
Debut: April 14, 1966

Year  Abbr   Team                                No      Pos
1966  KCA    Kansas City Athletics                8      C
1967  KCA    Kansas City Athletics               17      C
1968  Cle    Cleveland Indians                    7      C-2B-3B-OF
1969  Cle    Cleveland Indians                    7      C
1971  Cle    Cleveland Indians                    7      C
1972  Tex    Texas Rangers                       12      C
1973  Tex    Texas Rangers                       10      C


Pro Statistics
Baseball
Batting Statistics
Year Team   AVG   GP   GS   AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB ATT
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1966 KCA   .145   35        69    5   10   0   1   0   2   12  .174  15   0  26   1  .298   0   1   2   2
1967 KCA   .238   39        63    7   15   5   0   2   9   26  .413  16   0  21   1  .388   1   2   1   1
1968 Cle   .100   17        10    1    1   0   0   0   0    1  .100   1   0   3   1  .182   0   0   0   0
1969 Cle   .294   36        85    7   25   5   0   1   9   33  .388  15   0  12   5  .400   0   2   1   1
1971 Cle   .203   50       123   10   25   7   0   1   9   35  .285  18   2  15   2  .310   2   1   0   1
1972 Tex   .152   25        33    2    5   1   0   0   4    6  .182   1   0   4   1  .167   2   0   0   0
1973 Tex   .248   93       278   25   69  11   0   1  27   83  .299  33   5  16  10  .334   4   3   1   3
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7 Years    .227  295    0  661   57  150  29   1   5  60  196  .297  99   7  97  21  .330   9   9   5   8
Fielding Statistics
Year Team Pos   GP   PO  Ast   E  DP  Fld%
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1966 KCA  C     34  145   20   8   7  .954
1967 KCA  C     36  170   20   4   2  .979
1968 Cle  C     12   22    1   0   0 1.000
  "   "   2B     1    0    1   0   0 1.000
  "   "   3B     1    0    0   0   0  .000
  "   "   OF     1    0    0   0   0  .000
1969 Cle  C     36  191   20   2   3  .991
1971 Cle  C     48  268   14   2   3  .993
1972 Tex  C     17   53    2   2   0  .965
1973 Tex  C     90  501   44   6   4  .989
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7 Years        276 1350  122  24  19  .984