George Kelly

George Kelly autograph
Birthdate 9/10/1895
Death Date 10/13/1984
Debut Year 1915
Year of Induction 1973
Teams Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds
Position First Base

George Kelly is one of the worst players in the Hall. Teammate Frankie Frisch was chairman of the Vets’ Committee when Kelly was voted in.

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HoFer George Kelly thanks Stoneham for Old Timer's Day

HoFer George Kelly thanks Stoneham for Old Timer's Day

George “Highpockets” Kelly played for the New York Giants from 1915-1926, winning back-to-back World Series in 1921 and 1922. Forty years after the ’22 championship Kelly accepted Horace Stoneham’s invitation to the Old Timer’s Game in San Fransisco. After the event, Kelly wrote this letter to Stoneham,
File copy of Stoneham's response to Kelly's letter

File copy of Stoneham's response to Kelly's letter

After receiving George Kelly’s letter, Horace Stoneham was compelled to respond. Shown here is a file copy of that correspondence. Stoneham writes, “Thanks so much for your gracious note. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the “day” and our get-together. It was wonderful having so many of the older friends with us again, and I am happy
George Kelly calls McGraw the greatest manager of all time

George Kelly calls McGraw the greatest manager of all time

George Kelly played first base for the New York Giants and John McGraw for eleven seasons. In this handwritten letter, Kelly states, “As you know I had quite a few thrills playing in the big leagues and my first was playing for the NY Giants and the greatest manager of all time, John J. McGraw
Former teammate Frank Frisch vows to do a

Former teammate Frank Frisch vows to do a "thorough job" as member of HoF Vets Committee

Baseball historian Bill James calls George Kelly, “the worst player in the Hall of Fame”. After playing for five different teams during a 16-year career, Kelly found himself on the Baseball Writers’ ballot for Cooperstown consideration. He received just a single vote his first year

A Story about George Kelly

Frankie Frisch’s Vets Committee selections defined and damaged the Hall

January 4th, 2017

Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Cy Young are in everyone’s Hall of Fame. Marginal players like the ones selected on Frankie Frisch’s watch on the Veterans Committee have helped define and damage the Hall of Fame.

His five most glaring selections — George Kelly, Jesse Haines, Dave Bancroft, Ross Youngs, and Chick Hafey have ignited many arguments. Here’s a big reason why: Imagine if your favorite player is Keith Hernandez and you think he should be in Cooperstown. He’s flat out a better first baseman than George Kelly. Hernandez was in fact a better player than any of the five Frisch selections. There are likely hundreds of players better than the Frisch Five.

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