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Full Name: Michael Joseph Kelly Primary Position: OF,C
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/170 First Game: May 1, 1878
Birthdate: December 31, 1857 Final Game: September 2, 1893
Birthplace: Troy, New York MLB Experience: 16 years
Died: November 8, 1894
Deathplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

King Kelly (Michael Joseph Kelly) was born on December 31, 1857 in Troy, New York. He made his Major League debut on May 1, 1878 for the Cincinnati Reds. In 1878, his rookie year, he hit .283 with 0 home runs and 27 RBI. Kelly played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Stockings, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Reds, Cincinnati Porkers and New York Giants over the course of his 16 year career.

There is some disagreement on what was King Kelly's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1886, when he stole 53 bases, hit for a .388 average and knocked in 79 runs. However, others believe that it was 1887, when he stole 84 bases, hit for a .322 average and knocked in 63 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1878 CIN N 60 237 29 67 0 27 .283 .303 .321 7 1 7 7 0 0 0 0 0
1879 CIN N 77 345 78 120 2 47 .348 .363 .493 20 12 8 14 0 0 0 0 0
1880 CHI N 84 344 72 100 1 60 .291 .315 .401 17 9 12 22 0 0 0 0 0
1881 CHI N 82 353 84 114 2 55 .323 .352 .433 27 3 16 14 0 0 0 0 0
1882 CHI N 84 377 81 115 1 55 .305 .323 .432 37 4 10 27 0 0 0 0 0
1883 CHI N 98 428 92 109 3 61 .255 .282 .388 28 10 16 35 0 0 0 0 0
1884 CHI N 108 452 120 160 13 95 .354 .414 .524 28 5 46 24 0 0 0 0 0
1885 CHI N 107 438 124 126 9 75 .288 .355 .436 24 7 46 24 0 0 0 0 0
1886 CHI N 118 451 155 175 4 79 .388 .483 .534 32 11 83 33 0 0 53 0 0
1887 BOS N 116 484 120 156 8 63 .322 .393 .488 34 11 55 40 1 0 84 0 0
1888 BOS N 107 440 85 140 9 71 .318 .368 .480 22 11 31 39 4 0 56 0 0
1889 BOS N 125 507 120 149 9 78 .294 .376 .448 41 5 65 40 2 0 68 0 0
1890 BOS P 89 340 83 111 4 66 .326 .419 .450 18 6 52 22 2 0 51 0 0
1891 CIN a 82 283 56 84 1 53 .297 .408 .410 15 7 51 28 2 0 22 0 0
1891 BOS N 16 52 7 12 0 5 .231 .322 .250 1 0 6 10 1 0 6 0 0
1891 BOS a 4 15 2 4 1 4 .267 .267 .467 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
1891 Total 102 350 65 100 2 62 .286 .390 .389 16 7 57 40 3 0 29 0 0
1891 TOT a 86 298 58 88 2 57 .295 .402 .413 15 7 51 30 2 0 23 0 0
1892 BOS N 78 281 40 53 2 41 .189 .287 .235 7 0 39 32 0 0 24 0 0
1893 NY N 20 67 9 18 0 15 .269 .329 .284 1 0 6 5 0 0 3 0 0
Total PL 89 340 83 111 4 66 .326 .419 .450 18 6 52 22 2 0 51 0 0
Total NL 1280 5256 1216 1614 63 827 .307 .362 .439 326 89 446 366 8 0 294 0 0
Total AA 86 298 58 88 2 57 .295 .402 .413 15 7 51 30 2 0 23 0 0
Total 1455 5894 1357 1813 69 950 .308 .368 .438 359 102 549 418 12 0 368 0 0

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1878 CIN N OF 47 0 0 51 24 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 .765
1878 CIN N C 17 0 0 99 39 20 3 0 14 0 0 0 .873
1878 CIN N 3B 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1879 CIN N 3B 33 0 0 36 88 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 .832
1879 CIN N 2B 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
1879 CIN N OF 29 0 0 46 13 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 .747
1879 CIN N C 21 0 0 82 36 12 1 0 37 0 0 0 .908
1880 CHI N 3B 14 0 0 22 20 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .857
1880 CHI N SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1880 CHI N OF 64 0 0 49 32 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 .779
1880 CHI N P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1880 CHI N C 17 0 0 40 15 12 2 0 23 0 0 0 .821
1880 CHI N 2B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1881 CHI N C 11 0 0 28 9 10 1 0 9 0 0 0 .787
1881 CHI N 3B 8 0 0 8 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1881 CHI N OF 72 0 0 85 31 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 .841
1882 CHI N OF 38 0 0 50 21 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 .887
1882 CHI N 1B 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .714
1882 CHI N C 12 0 0 13 3 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 .800
1882 CHI N SS 42 0 0 66 117 43 9 0 0 0 0 0 .810
1882 CHI N 3B 3 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1883 CHI N 2B 3 0 0 6 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .680
1883 CHI N OF 82 0 0 101 38 32 5 0 0 0 0 0 .813
1883 CHI N 3B 2 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .778
1883 CHI N C 38 0 0 73 37 21 2 0 28 0 0 0 .840
1883 CHI N P 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1884 CHI N OF 63 0 0 69 31 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 .794
1884 CHI N 3B 10 0 0 12 16 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .778
1884 CHI N 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1884 CHI N C 28 0 0 105 55 32 3 0 32 0 0 0 .833
1884 CHI N P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1884 CHI N SS 12 0 0 7 37 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 .710
1884 CHI N 1B 2 0 0 8 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1885 CHI N 2B 6 0 0 7 15 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .880
1885 CHI N OF 69 0 0 95 29 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 .867
1885 CHI N 3B 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .625
1885 CHI N C 37 0 0 146 64 30 2 0 36 0 0 0 .875
1885 CHI N 1B 2 0 0 9 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .769
1886 CHI N OF 56 0 0 62 24 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 .811
1886 CHI N 3B 8 0 0 8 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .824
1886 CHI N C 53 0 0 259 94 28 3 0 46 0 0 0 .927
1886 CHI N 2B 6 0 0 14 12 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 .839
1886 CHI N 1B 9 0 0 41 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1886 CHI N SS 5 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .800
1887 BOS N C 24 0 0 80 35 15 3 0 21 0 0 0 .885
1887 BOS N 3B 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
1887 BOS N OF 61 0 0 78 11 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 .856
1887 BOS N P 3 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
1887 BOS N 2B 30 0 0 88 105 35 19 0 0 0 0 0 .846
1887 BOS N SS 2 0 0 5 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .800
1888 BOS N C 76 0 0 367 146 54 8 0 54 0 0 0 .905
1888 BOS N OF 34 0 0 28 4 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 .727
1889 BOS N OF 113 0 0 155 24 32 4 0 0 0 0 0 .848
1889 BOS N C 23 0 0 56 29 12 2 0 13 0 0 0 .876
1890 BOS P SS 27 0 0 43 75 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 .814
1890 BOS P 3B 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1890 BOS P OF 6 0 0 13 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1890 BOS P P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1890 BOS P C 56 0 0 198 60 24 2 0 20 0 0 0 .915
1890 BOS P 1B 4 0 0 18 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .885
1891 CIN a 3B 8 0 0 11 18 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .879
1891 CIN a 1B 5 0 0 27 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .871
1891 CIN a OF 7 0 0 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1891 CIN a P 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1891 CIN a C 66 0 0 217 102 34 11 0 22 0 0 0 .904
1891 CIN a 2B 6 0 0 7 12 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1891 CIN a SS 1 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1891 BOS N C 11 0 0 44 10 10 2 0 5 0 0 0 .844
1891 BOS N OF 6 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
1891 BOS a C 4 0 0 16 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .950
1891 Total RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1891 Total C 81 0 0 277 115 45 13 0 27 0 0 0 .897
1891 Total OF 13 0 0 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .786
1891 TOT a C 70 0 0 233 105 35 11 0 22 0 0 0 .906
1892 BOS N C 72 0 0 319 98 40 11 0 34 0 0 0 .912
1892 BOS N OF 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1892 BOS N 3B 2 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .714
1892 BOS N P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1892 BOS N 1B 2 0 0 19 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .864
1893 NY N OF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1893 NY N C 17 0 0 55 22 9 1 0 19 0 0 0 .895
Total 2B 54 0 0 122 158 52 27 0 0 0 0 0 .843
Total OF 750 0 0 892 285 259 26 0 0 0 0 0 .820
Total 3B 96 0 0 108 182 59 9 0 0 0 0 0 .831
Total P 12 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
Total 1B 25 0 0 125 14 19 7 0 0 0 0 0 .880
Total C 583 0 0 2197 857 368 57 0 417 0 0 0 .892
Total SS 90 0 0 128 243 92 19 0 0 0 0 0 .801

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1880 CHI N 1 0 0 0 .00 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
1883 CHI N 1 0 0 0 .00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
1884 CHI N 2 0 0 1 8.44 1 11 5 0 0 0 5.1 12 2 2 0 2 0
1887 BOS N 3 0 1 0 3.46 0 16 5 0 0 0 13 17 1 14 0 5 0
1890 BOS P 1 0 1 0 4.50 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
1891 CIN a 3 0 0 1 5.28 0 15 9 0 0 0 15.1 21 2 7 0 0 0
1892 BOS N 1 0 0 0 1.50 0 4 1 0 0 0 6 8 0 4 0 0 0
Total PL 1 0 1 0 4.50 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
Total NL 8 0 1 1 3.49 2 33 11 0 0 0 28.1 41 3 21 0 7 0
Total AA 3 0 0 1 5.28 0 15 9 0 0 0 15.1 21 2 7 0 0 0
Total 12 0 2 2 4.14 4 49 21 0 0 0 45.2 63 5 30 0 7 0

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Cincinnati Reds (1878).
  • Signed by Chicago White Stockings (December, 1879).
  • Sold by Chicago White Stockings to Boston Beaneaters for $10000 (February 14, 1887).
  • Signed by Cincinnati Porkers (1891).
  • Released by Cincinnati Porkers (August, 1891).
  • Signed by Boston Reds (August 17, 1891).
  • Released by Boston Beaneaters (February, 1893).
  • Signed by New York Giants (May 25, 1893).
  • Assigned to Boston Beaneaters by New York Giants (November 16, 1893).

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