He was born Norbert George Kleinke on May 19, 1911 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
He started his professional baseball career with the Cedar Rapids Bunnies of the Mississippi Valley League in 1931, going 17-7 in his rookie season. He follow up in 1932 with an impressive 15-10 year. His best seasons were with the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, where he pitched from 1935-38. He posted a 19-7 record with a 3.27 ERA in 1934 and a 19-8 record with a 3.47 ERA in 1937. He played his final years for the Oakland Oaks from 1942-44. His career minor league record was 159-123.
In 2001, Kleinke was inducted into the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame. Other notable baseball figures in the Red Wings Hall of Fame are Cal Ripken, Jr., Dennis Martinez, Earl Weaver, Boog Powell, Don Baylor and Red Schoendienst.
|Nubs Kleinke's high school yearbook photo (left) and short stint in a Cardinals uniform|
SOURCES: Long Beach Independent, Baseball-Reference.com, Find a Grave, milb.com, mlb.com