Vintage 1920s George Kelly 40GK Hillerich & Bradsby Store Baseball Bat -A Beauty
Beautiful uncracked vintage 1920s George Kelly 40 G. Hillerich and Bradsby Store Baseball Bat. Rare early 1920s store bought baseball bat from hall of fame player George Kelly. He played for the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers. The bat weighs 35-36 ounces and measures 33 7/8 inches. Great display piece, no cracks or wood defects. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named George Kelly, see George Kelly (disambiguation). Born: September 10, 1895 San Francisco, California.
Died: October 13, 1984 (aged 89) Burlingame, California. August 18, 1915, for the New York Giants. July 27, 1932, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. George Lange Kelly (September 10, 1895 October 13, 1984), nicknamed "Long George" and "High Pockets".
Was a Major League Baseball. He played most of his MLB career for the New York Giants. (19151917, 19191926), but also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kelly is a two-time World Series champion 1921. He led the National League. , and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, his selection is regarded as controversial, as many believe he is undeserving of the recognition and was only elected by the Veterans Committee. Because it consisted of his former teammates. Kelly began his professional career for the Victoria Bees. Of the Class-B Northwestern League. The Giants were rebuilding their team, and they saw Kelly as a possible replacement for Fred Merkle. However, he played sparingly for the Giants in his first MLB seasons, appearing in only 17 games in 1915 and 49 games in 1916. He was selected off waivers. On July 25, 1917 to back up Honus Wagner. But did not hit sufficiently. The Pirates waived Kelly, and he was reclaimed by the Giants from the Pirates on August 4, 1917. Kelly to the Rochester Hustlers. Of the Class-AA International League. Where he played the rest of the 1917 season. Kelly did not play professionally in 1918 due to his military service. He became a regular in the Giants line-up in 1920. When he had a league-leading 94 runs batted in. He led the league in assists. In 1920 and 1921; his 1,759 putouts in 1920 remains a league record. Kelly batted in 100 or more runs for four consecutive seasons and hit for a batting average. 300 or higher six consecutive seasons. He opened the 1921 season with at least one hit.
And one RBI in eight consecutive games, a record that stood until it was broken by Jorge Cantú. The Giants appeared in the World Series. Winning in 1921 and 1922.
Kelly set a National League. Record with seven home runs. In six consecutive games in 1924, which has since been matched by Graig Nettles. In the final series of the 1924 season, the Giants were playing the Philadelphia Phillies.
And battling for the pennant with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Offered Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand. Sand rejected the bribe and reported it to Phillies manager Art Fletcher. It eventually led to the lifetime suspension of O'Connell and Giants coach Cozy Dolan.
By Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. O'Connell implicated Kelly, Frankie Frisch. However, Commissioner Landis cleared Kelly, Frisch and Youngs of any wrongdoing. That following offseason, Kelly, Sam Bohne. And other Major League Baseball.
(MLB) players agreed to play professional basketball. Insisted that anyone who played with O'Connell could be suspended.
The Giants were also displeased with Kelly's arrangement, as they were concerned about the chance he could injure himself in non-baseball activity. However, Kelly had not played in any games at that point. He was removed from the roster and thus avoided suspension by MLB. Kelly, naturally a first baseman, saw regular time as a second baseman. In 1925 when Frisch injured his hand, while backup Bill Terry. With the emergence of Terry, who requested a trade so that he could receive more playing time. Desiring an improvement in the outfield.
Kelly was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds traded Roush due to a contract dispute. At first base for the Reds, Kelly was slated to play center field.
Kelly was released by the Reds on July 10, 1930, and signed by the minor-league Minneapolis Millers. Of the Class-AA American Association. The Millers traded Kelly to the Chicago Cubs. And a player to be named later. Late in the 1930 season to fill in for the injured Charlie Grimm.
Kelly he was released by the Cubs in February 1931. And participated in a tour of Japan along with Frisch, Lou Gehrig. In April 1932, the Millers traded Kelly to the Brooklyn Dodgers. With the Dodgers, he filled in for the injured Del Bissonette. Kelly played his final MLB game on July 27, 1932.
And played the 1933 season for the Oakland Oaks. Of the Pacific Coast League. Kelly was known as an excellent defensive first baseman. His positioning and footwork on hits to the outfield became the standard method for teaching future first basemen to handle relays. Frisch considered Kelly the finest first baseman he had seen.
Kelly also had a reputation as a clutch hitter. McGraw said there was no player he preferred to have bat in a big situation.
Considered him dangerous in clutch situations. Kelly's plaque at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His arm was so tremendous that he was directed to be the relay man on throws from the outfield.
His arm was better, in fact, than any of today's players I can think of. To be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A player must receive at least 75% of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
(BBWAA) or the Veterans Committee. Kelly was on the BBWAA ballot seven times, never coming close to being elected, and never garnering more than 1.9% of the vote. By year, voting results for Kelly were: 1947. (one vote, 0.6%), 1948. (two votes, 1.7%), 1949.
(one vote, 0.7%), 1956. (two votes, 1.0%), 1958. (two votes, 0.8%), 1960.
(five votes, 1.9%), and 1962. Despite the lack of support from the BBWAA, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. At the time of Kelly's election, the writers' ballot was voted on by approximately 400 writers, while the Veterans Committee had a membership of twelve former players and executives.
The selection of Kelly was controversial, as many felt Kelly was not worthy of enshrinement in the Hall. According to the BBWAA, the Veterans Committee was not selective enough in choosing members. Charges of cronyism were levied against the Veterans Committee.
When Kelly was elected, the Veterans Committee included two of his former teammates, Bill Terry. Who also shepherded the selections of Giants teammates Jesse Haines. This led to the Veterans Committee having its powers reduced in subsequent years. While ranking Kelly as the 65th greatest first baseman of all-time, also cites Kelly as "the worst player in the Hall of Fame".
Kelly served as a coach. Managed by former teammate Chuck Dressen. Hired Kelly to coach the Boston Braves.
He coached the Oakland Oaks. In 1954, Kelly managed the independent Wenatchee Chiefs. In the Western International League. A native San Franciscan, Kelly remained in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kelly's brother, Ren Kelly. On October 5, 1984 and died on October 13 at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California.
He is interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery. The item "Vintage 1920s George Kelly 40GK Hillerich & Bradsby Store Baseball Bat -A Beauty" is in sale since Thursday, October 27, 2016. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Vintage Sports Memorabilia\Bats". The seller is "sports_memorabilia_collectibles" and is located in New York, New York.
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- Player: George Kelly
- Team: Giants, Pirates, Reds, Cubs, Dodgers