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=== Early Life ===
 
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Born in Herrenberg, [[Germany]], in an area known as the Gaeu, Kittel had been working on the local [[cotton]] fields until he passed the age of [[12]] and his family decided to emigrate to the [[United States]], moving to Norfolk, [[Nebraska]]. Primary working as a miner, he started playing baseball in is spare-time.
 
Born in Herrenberg, [[Germany]], in an area known as the Gaeu, Kittel had been working on the local [[cotton]] fields until he passed the age of [[12]] and his family decided to emigrate to the [[United States]], moving to Norfolk, [[Nebraska]]. Primary working as a miner, he started playing baseball in is spare-time.
 
He spent his first years in baseball as a member of the Norfolk [[Germans]], the semi-professional Norfolk Red, and the Omaha Fingers. He then went to try out for the Anniston Steelers of the semi-pro [[Tennessee]]-[[Alabama]] League, with his father's stern admonition still ringing in his ears: "Don't come home a failure". After joining the Steelers for a monthly salary of $50, Kittel promoted himself by sending several postcards to '''Abelard Weston Siegel''', the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal under several different aliases. Eventually, Siegel wrote a small note in the Journal that a "young fellow named Kittel who seems to be showing an unusual lot of talent." After about three months, Kittel returned to the Fingers. He finished the [[1885]] season hitting .247 in 39 games.
 
He spent his first years in baseball as a member of the Norfolk [[Germans]], the semi-professional Norfolk Red, and the Omaha Fingers. He then went to try out for the Anniston Steelers of the semi-pro [[Tennessee]]-[[Alabama]] League, with his father's stern admonition still ringing in his ears: "Don't come home a failure". After joining the Steelers for a monthly salary of $50, Kittel promoted himself by sending several postcards to '''Abelard Weston Siegel''', the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal under several different aliases. Eventually, Siegel wrote a small note in the Journal that a "young fellow named Kittel who seems to be showing an unusual lot of talent." After about three months, Kittel returned to the Fingers. He finished the [[1885]] season hitting .247 in 39 games.

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