35. King Kelly
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 31, 1857 in Troy, NY USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 01, 1878
  • Final Game: September 02, 1893
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Mike "King" Kelly was considered an innovator in his day as it is believed that he was the first to foul off pitches deliberately.

Whether the above is true or not, Kelly was an elite hitter who would win two Batting Titles and On Base Percentage Titles (1884 & 1886) as a White Stocking.  Kelly would also have two Doubles Titles and was a three-time leader in Runs Scored, and with Chicago, he batted .316.  He was sold to the Boston Beaneaters after the 1886 campaign and remained a good hitter for years after.

While he played for the White Stockings, they would win five pennants, an unlikelihood without the King.  Kelly would be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 via the Old Timer’s Committee.  The Cubs would also name Kelly to their Hall of Fame as part of their first-ever class in 2021.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 12/??/79.
  • Departed: Sold to the Boston Beaneaters for $10,000 2/14/87.
  • Games Played: 681
  • Notable Statistics: 748 Runs Scored
    899 Hits
    193 Doubles
    49 Triples
    33 Home Runs
    480 Runs Batted In
    53 Stolen Bases
    .316/.367/.453 Slash Line 
    24.3 bWAR

    13 Playoff Fames
    13 Runs Scored
    14 Hits
    3 Doubles
    1 Triple
    1 Home Run
    1 Run Batted In
    2 Stolen Bases
    .280/.333/.444 Slash Line 
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Offensive bWAR (1884)
    Highest Batting Average (1884 & 1886)
    Highest On-Base Percentage (1884 & 1886)
    Most Runs Scored (1884, 1885 & 1886)
    Most Doubles (1881 & 1882)
    Most Assists by an Outfielder (1885)

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