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George Kelly

First Baseman
Born: September 10, 1895(1895-09-10)
San Francisco, California
Died: October 13, 1984 (aged 89)
Burlingame, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 18, 1915 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
July 27, 1932 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average     .297
Home runs     148
Runs batted in     1020
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction     1973
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

George Lange Kelly (September 10, 1895 - October 13, 1984), nicknamed "Highpockets," was a Major League Baseball first baseman.

Kelly entered the majors briefly in the mid-1910s, beginning in 1915 with the New York Giants, but he wasn't a regular in their line-up until 1920, when he had a league-leading 94 RBIs. In 1921, Kelly began a string of successful years individually and with his team. Kelly drove in 100 or more runs for four consecutive seasons and batted .300 or higher six consecutive seasons. The Giants appeared in the World Series in 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1924, and won in 1921 and 1922.

Kelly was traded to the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 1927 season for Edd Roush. His production declined somewhat in Cincinnati, to the point where he spent part of 1930 and all of 1931 with the minor-league Minneapolis Millers. Kelly retired after the 1932 season as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Kelly shares the National League record with seven home runs in six consecutive games, set in 1924.

Kelly was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1973. He was elected by the Veteran's Committee, which included two of his former teammates, Frankie Frisch and Bill Terry. Charges of cronyism would lead to the Veteran's Committee having its powers reduced in subsequent years. Kelly has been called "the worst player in the Hall of Fame" by baseball historian Bill James.[1]

See also


  1. ^ James, Bill (2003). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, p.455. Free Press. ISBN 0743227220.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hy Myers
National League RBI Champion
(with Rogers Hornsby)
Succeeded by
Rogers Hornsby
Preceded by
Cy Williams
National League Home Run Champion
Succeeded by
Rogers Hornsby
Preceded by
Irish Meusel
National League RBI Champion
Succeeded by
Rogers Hornsby


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