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Joe Kelley

Outfielder/Manager
Born: December 9, 1871(1871-12-09)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: August 14, 1943 (aged 71)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 27, 1891 for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
October 8, 1908 for the Boston Doves
Career statistics
Batting average     .317
Hits     2220
Runs batted in     1194
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards
  • National League pennant: 1891, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1899, 1900
  • 9th-most triples in Major League history (194)
  • 11 seasons with a .300+ batting average
  • 5 seasons with 100+ RBI
  • 7 seasons with 100+ runs scored
  • Managerial record: 338-321
Member of the National
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Induction     1971
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

Joseph James Kelley (December 9, 1871 – August 14, 1943) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who starred in the outfield of the powerful Baltimore Oriole teams of the 1890s.

Kelley broke into the National League in 1891 with the Boston Beaneaters, and after a brief stint in Pittsburgh the following year, came into his own as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 1893. In 1894 he had arguably his finest offensive season, batting .393 with 111 RBI and 165 runs. Combined with 107 walks, Kelley posted a spectacular .502 on base percentage.

Kelley continued his fine hitting throughout his career, which included stops with the Brooklyn Superbas (1899–1901), the fledgling American League's Baltimore Orioles franchise (1902), the Cincinnati Reds (1902 - 1906), and Boston again (1908). Aside from consistent run production and hitting (which included 11 consecutive .300-plus seasons), Kelley was also known as a good base runner and stole a career-high 87 bases in 1896. He retired with a career .317 batting, .402 on base percentage, 65 home runs (including a career high 10 in 1895), 1421 runs, 1194 RBI and 443 stolen bases in 1853 career games.

Kelley also managed from 1902 until 1905 with the Cincinnati Reds, and in 1908 with the Boston Doves. He compiled a solid, but unspectacular, 338-321 record as a major league manager. Kelley managed the Toronto Maple Leafs to the International League pennant in 1907, and returned to manage the team from 1909 to 1914, winning a second pennant in 1912.

Kelley was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

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Preceded by
Billy Hamilton
National League Stolen Base Champion
1886
Succeeded by
Bill Lange
Preceded by
Frank Bancroft
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1902-1905
Succeeded by
Ned Hanlon
Preceded by
Fred Tenney
Boston Doves Managers
1908
Succeeded by
Frank Bowerman







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