Joseph William Keough (born January 7, 1946 in Pomona, California) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1968 through 1973 for the Oakland Athletics (1968), Kansas City Royals (1969–72) and Chicago White Sox (1973). Keough batted and threw left-handed. Coming from a baseball family, he is the younger brother of Marty Keough and uncle of Matt Keough.
Keough had a promising debut with the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium when he hit a home run off Lindy McDaniel in his first major league at bat. After being the fourth player selected by the Royals in the 1968 Major League Baseball expansion draft, he was on the Opening Day roster when Kansas City played its first game in April 1969. Keough delivered a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 12th inning of that inaugural contest, giving KC a 4–3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The following year, he worked his way into the everyday lineup, compiling a .322 average by late June. A severely broken leg sustained on June 28 ended his 1970 season. He returned in 1971, posting career highs with 110 games played, 34 runs, 87 hits, 14 doubles, and 30 runs batted in.
He was traded in the winter of 1972 to the White Sox for outfielder Jim Lyttle and appeared in five games for Chicago in 1973.
In a six-season career, Keough was a .246 hitter with nine home runs and 81 RBI in 332 games.
By Dean Hanley
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