Joe Kelly (kellyjo03)
Joseph Henry Kelly
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 14, 1914
- Final Game May 27, 1919
- Born September 23, 1886 in Weir City, KS USA
- Died August 16, 1977 in St. Joseph, MO USA
"This fellow Kelly can do anything and everything, and aside from his ability, he has the spirit and ginger. . . Kelly has more ginger than (Ginger Beaumont) ever had. As a baserunner he is another Max Carey, and he can field with the best in the league. . . Besides he can hit the ball hard enough . . ." - Barney Dreyfuss, quoted in Sporting Life of May 2, 1914
Joe Kelly played five seasons in the majors and 20 in the minors. When he first came up to the majors, he was called "a second edition" of Joe Kelley, whose name was often spelled Kelly.
"Joe Kelly played good ball for the Indians last year and was the leading base runner of the Association and a .300 hitter. This year Joe started out fine, but was taken down with malarial fever . . . " - from the Sporting Life issue of July 22, 1916, about Joe's play with the Indianapolis Indians in 1915 and 1916
The book San Francisco Seals has a photo of him leaping to make a catch, and states:
"Joe Kelly was a talented outfielder and a superb hitter. He had exceptional speed and was as good a defensive outfielder as there was."
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1926||St. Joseph Saints||Western League||--||--||replaced by Dick Breen|
|1927||Amarillo Texans||Western League||66-87||6th|
|1928||Columbia Comers||South Atlantic League||67-78||6th|
|1929||Columbia Comers||South Atlantic League||68-79||7th|
|1930||Oklahoma City Indians||Western League||13-19||--||--||replaced by Louis Brower May 26|