Vintage 1920s George Kelly 40K Hillerich & Bradsby Baseball Bat side writing
The bat weighs 33 ounces and measures 36 inches marked on the knob. George Kelly (baseball) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other people named George Kelly, see George Kelly (disambiguation).Jpg First baseman Born: September 10, 1895 San Francisco, California Died: October 13, 1984 (aged 89) Burlingame, California Batted: Right Threw: Right MLB debut August 18, 1915, for the New York Giants Last MLB appearance July 27, 1932, for the Brooklyn Dodgers MLB statistics Batting average. 297 Home runs 148 Runs batted in 1,020 Teams New York Giants (19151917) Pittsburgh Pirates (1917) New York Giants (19191926) Cincinnati Reds (19271930) Chicago Cubs (1930) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932) Career highlights and awards 2× World Series champion (1921, 1922) NL home run leader (1921) 2× NL RBI leader (1920, 1924) Member of the National Empty Star. Svg Baseball Hall of Fame Empty Star. Svg Inducted 1973 Election Method Veterans Committee George Lange Kelly (September 10, 1895 October 13, 1984), nicknamed "Long George" and "High Pockets",  was a Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman. He played most of his MLB career for the New York Giants (19151917, 19191926), but also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1917), Cincinnati Reds (19271930), Chicago Cubs (1930), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1932). Kelly is a two-time World Series champion (1921 and 1922). He led the National League in home runs once (1921) and runs batted in twice (1920 and 1924), and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. 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.  Contents 1 Career 2 Player profile 3 Hall of Fame induction 4 Coaching career 5 Personal life 6 See also 7 References 8 External links Career Kelly began his professional career for the Victoria Bees of the Class-B Northwestern League in 1914 and 1915.  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 by the Pittsburgh Pirates 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.  The Giants optioned 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 (RBIs).  He led the league in assists and putouts 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 of. 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 in 2010.  The Giants appeared in the World Series in 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1924, 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, Walker Cooper, and Willie Mays.  In the final series of the 1924 season, the Giants were playing the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds and battling for the pennant with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 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, and Ross Youngs as co-conspirators.  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 with O'Connell.  National League (NL) president John Heydler 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 began playing first base.  With the emergence of Terry, who requested a trade so that he could receive more playing time,  and Giants manager John McGraw desiring an improvement in the outfield, Kelly was traded to the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 1927 season for Edd Roush.  The Reds traded Roush due to a contract dispute.  With Wally Pipp 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 for Mal Moss and a player to be named later (Chick Tolson) late in the 1930 season to fill in for the injured Charlie Grimm.  Kelly he was released by the Cubs in February 1931.  In April 1932, the Millers traded Kelly to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Pea Ridge Day.  With the Dodgers, he filled in for the injured Del Bissonette. Kelly played his final MLB game on July 27, 1932.  Player profile 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.
 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 (two votes, 0.6%). Despite the lack of support from the BBWAA, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973 by the Veterans Committee.  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.
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