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King Kelly

Michael Joseph Kelly

Positions: Rightfielder, Catcher and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: December 31, 1857 in Troy, NY
Signed
as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds in 1878. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1878 (Age 20.121)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1878 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteStockings/Beaneaters/Reds/Kelly'sKillers/Giants 1878-1893

Final Game: September 2, 1893 (Age 35.245)
Died: November 8, 1894 in Boston, MA
Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston, MA
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Old Timers Committee as Player in 1945. No induction ceremony in Cooperstown held (until 2013).
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1878 CIN NL 20 OF 47 98 51 24 23 2 .765 1.60 .834 1.77 0-0-47
1878 CIN NL 20 C 17 158 99 39 20 3 .873 8.12 .891 7.09 14 0 0
1878 CIN NL 20 3B 2 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.00 .865 3.55
1879 CIN NL 21 3B 33 149 36 88 25 3 .832 3.76 .830 3.41
1879 CIN NL 21 OF 29 79 46 13 20 0 .747 2.03 .838 1.89 0-2-27
1879 CIN NL 21 C 21 130 82 36 12 1 .908 5.62 .889 6.45 37 0 0
1879 CIN NL 21 2B 1 3 0 2 1 0 .667 2.00 .897 6.80
1880 CHC NL 22 OF 64 104 49 32 23 1 .779 1.27 .855 1.85 0-0-64
1880 CHC NL 22 C 17 67 40 15 12 2 .821 3.24 .894 6.88 23 0 0
1880 CHC NL 22 3B 14 49 22 20 7 0 .857 3.00 .856 3.47
1880 CHC NL 22 2B 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .900 6.40
1880 CHC NL 22 P 1 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.40 2.20
1880 CHC NL 22 SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.40
1881 CHC NL 23 OF 72 138 85 31 22 2 .841 1.61 .871 2.06 0-0-72
1881 CHC NL 23 C 11 47 28 9 10 1 .787 3.36 .912 6.21 9 0 0
1881 CHC NL 23 3B 8 21 8 12 1 0 .952 2.50 .860 3.55
1882 CHC NL 24 SS 42 226 66 117 43 9 .810 4.36 .852 4.48
1882 CHC NL 24 OF 38 80 50 21 9 3 .888 1.87 .855 1.93 0-0-38
1882 CHC NL 24 C 12 20 13 3 4 0 .800 1.33 .909 6.75 4 0 0
1882 CHC NL 24 3B 3 8 1 6 1 0 .875 2.33 .842 3.53
1882 CHC NL 24 1B 1 7 3 2 2 0 .714 5.00 .959 10.40
1883 CHC NL 25 OF 82 171 101 38 32 5 .813 1.70 .849 1.96 0-0-82
1883 CHC NL 25 C 38 131 73 37 21 2 .840 2.89 .884 6.36 28 0 0
1883 CHC NL 25 2B 3 25 6 11 8 0 .680 5.67 .890 6.17
1883 CHC NL 25 3B 2 9 3 4 2 0 .778 3.50 .830 3.30
1883 CHC NL 25 P 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .890 1.80 2.20
1884 CHC NL 26 OF 63 126 69 31 26 1 .794 1.59 .867 1.79 0-0-63
1884 CHC NL 26 C 28 192 105 55 32 3 .833 5.71 .895 7.37 32 0 0
1884 CHC NL 26 SS 12 62 7 37 18 3 .710 3.67 .864 4.30
1884 CHC NL 26 3B 10 36 12 16 8 2 .778 2.80 .848 3.15
1884 CHC NL 26 1B 2 12 8 2 2 1 .833 5.00 .962 10.45
1884 CHC NL 26 P 2 5.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.19 2.25
1884 CHC NL 26 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.80
1885 CHC NL 27 OF 69 143 95 29 19 2 .867 1.80 .881 1.85 0-1-69
1885 CHC NL 27 C 37 240 146 64 30 2 .875 5.68 .893 6.63 36 0 0
1885 CHC NL 27 2B 6 25 7 15 3 1 .880 3.67 .899 5.77
1885 CHC NL 27 1B 2 13 9 1 3 0 .769 5.00 .970 10.85
1885 CHC NL 27 3B 2 8 2 3 3 0 .625 2.50 .866 3.25
1886 CHC NL 28 OF 56 106 62 24 20 1 .811 1.54 .890 1.75 0-1-55
1886 CHC NL 28 C 53 381 259 94 28 3 .927 6.66 .918 7.16 46 0 0
1886 CHC NL 28 1B 9 47 41 4 2 0 .957 5.00 .968 10.34
1886 CHC NL 28 3B 8 17 8 6 3 2 .824 1.75 .865 3.28
1886 CHC NL 28 2B 6 31 14 12 5 4 .839 4.33 .908 5.53
1886 CHC NL 28 SS 5 5 3 1 1 1 .800 0.80 .880 4.36
1887 BSN NL 29 OF 61 104 78 11 15 2 .856 1.46 .883 1.97 1-0-61
1887 BSN NL 29 2B 30 228 88 105 35 19 .846 6.43 .911 5.87
1887 BSN NL 29 C 24 130 80 35 15 3 .885 4.79 .906 6.12 21 0 0
1887 BSN NL 29 P 3 13.0 6 0 4 2 0 .667 2.77 1.33 .902 2.01 1.97
1887 BSN NL 29 3B 2 4 1 1 2 0 .500 1.00 .870 3.45
1887 BSN NL 29 SS 2 15 5 7 3 0 .800 6.00 .890 5.00
1888 BSN NL 30 C 76 567 367 146 54 8 .905 6.75 .912 6.83 54 0 0
1888 BSN NL 30 OF 34 44 28 4 12 2 .727 0.94 .906 1.91 0-0-34
1889 BSN NL 31 OF 113 211 155 24 32 4 .848 1.58 .910 2.00 0-0-113
1889 BSN NL 31 C 23 97 56 29 12 2 .876 3.70 .910 6.00 13 0 0
1890 BOS PL 32 C 56 282 198 60 24 2 .915 4.61 .901 5.36 20 54 51 49% 37%
1890 BOS PL 32 SS 27 145 43 75 27 6 .814 4.37 .868 5.13
1890 BOS PL 32 OF 6 15 13 2 0 1 1.000 2.50 .904 2.12 0-2-4
1890 BOS PL 32 1B 4 26 18 5 3 3 .885 5.75 .973 10.45
1890 BOS PL 32 3B 2 6 2 3 1 0 .833 2.50 .853 3.55
1890 BOS PL 32 P 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
1891 TOT MLB 33 C 81 437 277 115 45 13 .897 4.84 .929 6.14 27 135 109 45% 38%
1891 TOT MLB 33 OF 13 14 10 1 3 0 .786 0.85 .909 1.90 0-2-11
1891 TOT AA 33 C 70 373 233 105 35 11 .906 4.83 .929 6.19 22 120 100 45% 38%
1891 CKK AA 33 C 66 353 217 102 34 11 .904 4.83 .929 6.19 22 116 97 46% 38%
1891 CKK AA 33 3B 8 33 11 18 4 2 .879 3.63 .872 3.62
1891 CKK AA 33 OF 7 10 8 1 1 0 .900 1.29 .908 1.89 0-2-5
1891 CKK AA 33 2B 6 19 7 12 0 3 1.000 3.17 .914 5.37
1891 CKK AA 33 1B 5 31 27 0 4 1 .871 5.40 .976 10.32
1891 CKK AA 33 P 3 15.1 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 2.93 1.67 .908 2.52 2.47
1891 CKK AA 33 SS 1 10 4 6 0 0 1.000 10.00 .879 5.10
1891 BOS AA 33 C 4 20 16 3 1 0 .950 4.75 .929 6.20 0 4 3 43% 38%
1891 BSN NL 33 C 11 64 44 10 10 2 .844 4.91 .926 5.79 5 15 9 38% 37%
1891 BSN NL 33 OF 6 4 2 0 2 0 .500 0.33 .912 1.92 0-0-6
1892 BSN NL 34 C 72 457 319 98 40 11 .912 5.79 .936 5.87 34 92 77 46% 37%
1892 BSN NL 34 1B 2 22 19 0 3 2 .864 9.50 .976 10.55
1892 BSN NL 34 3B 2 7 2 3 2 0 .714 2.50 .879 3.60
1892 BSN NL 34 OF 2 2 0 0 2 0 .000 0.00 .910 1.90 1-0-1
1892 BSN NL 34 P 1 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.55 2.40
1893 NYG NL 35 C 17 86 55 22 9 1 .895 4.53 .936 4.78 19 27 21 44% 37%
1893 NYG NL 35 OF 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000 0.00 .920 2.20 0-0-1
16 Seasons OF 750 1436 892 285 259 26 .820 1.57 .873 1.91 2-8-742
16 Seasons C 583 3422 2197 857 368 57 .892 5.24 .912 6.35 417 308 258 46% 37%
13 Seasons 3B 96 349 108 182 59 9 .831 3.02 .846 3.42
7 Seasons SS 90 463 128 243 92 19 .801 4.12 .861 4.66
8 Seasons 2B 54 332 122 158 52 27 .843 5.19 .908 5.81
7 Seasons 1B 25 158 125 14 19 7 .880 5.56 .971 10.42
7 Seasons P 12 45.2 12 0 10 2 0 .833 1.97 0.83 .903 2.33 2.28
16 Seasons TOT 1610 45.2 6172 3572 1749 851 145 .862 1.97 3.30 .896 2.33 4.03 2-8-742 417 308 258 46% 37%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1878 CIN NL 20 60 60 0 17 0 0 2 0 0 0 47 47 0
1879 CIN NL 21 77 77 0 21 0 1 33 0 0 2 27 29 0
1880 CHC NL 22 84 84 1 17 0 1 14 1 0 0 64 64 0
1881 CHC NL 23 82 82 0 11 0 0 8 0 0 0 72 72 0
1882 CHC NL 24 84 84 0 12 1 0 3 42 0 0 38 38 0
1883 CHC NL 25 98 98 1 38 0 3 2 0 0 0 82 82 0
1884 CHC NL 26 108 108 2 28 2 1 10 12 0 0 63 63 0
1885 CHC NL 27 107 107 0 37 2 6 2 0 0 1 69 69 0
1886 CHC NL 28 118 118 0 53 9 6 8 5 0 1 55 56 0
1887 BSN NL 29 116 116 3 24 0 30 2 2 1 0 61 61 0
1888 BSN NL 30 107 107 0 76 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 34 0
1889 BSN NL 31 125 125 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 113 113 0
1890 BOS PL 32 89 89 1 56 4 0 2 27 0 2 4 6 0
1891 CKK AA 33 82 82 3 66 5 6 8 1 0 2 5 7 0
1891 BSN NL 33 16 16 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0
1891 BOS AA 33 4 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1892 BSN NL 34 78 78 1 72 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 0
1893 NYG NL 35 20 20 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
16 Seasons 1455 1455 12 583 25 54 96 90 2 8 742 750 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1936 Veterans (19.2%)
1945 Old Timers (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1945
by Old Timers Committee

Errors Committeds c a p y
1884 NL  86 (3rd)
1887 NL  72 (4th)
1888 NL  66 (4th)
Career  851 (11th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1888 NL  76 (4th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1888 NL  367 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1886 NL  94 (3rd)
1888 NL  146 (2nd)
1891 AA  105 (4th)
Career  857 (66th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1888 NL  54 (1st)
1891 AA  35 (3rd)
1892 NL  40 (4th)
Career  368 (10th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1878 NL  3 (5th)
1891 AA  11 (1st)
1892 NL  11 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1888 NL  54 (2nd)
1892 NL  34 (3rd)
Career  417 (7th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1891 AA  100 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1890 PL  48.6 (1st)
1891 AA  45.5 (3rd)
1892 NL  45.6 (2nd)
1893 NL  43.8 (3rd)
Career  45.6 (81st)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1882 NL  66 (4th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1882 NL  43 (4th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1878 NL  24 (4th)
1880 NL  32 (2nd)
1881 NL  31 (2nd)
1883 NL  38 (2nd)
1884 NL  31 (2nd)
1885 NL  29 (1st)
Career  285 (11th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1889 NL  32 (3rd)
Career  259 (17th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1883 NL  5 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1888 NL  6.75 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1882 NL  4.36 (4th)

Oldest s c a p y
1891 AA  born 1857-12-31 (10th)

Youngest s c a p y
1878 NL  born 1857-12-31 (7th)

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Name and misspellings: Michael Joseph King kelley Kelly

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