Mike “King” Kelly

Birthdate 12/31/1857
Death Date 11/8/1894
Debut Year 1878
Year of Induction 1945
Teams Beaneaters, White Stockings
Positions Catcher, Right Field, Third Base

A two-time batting champ in the 1880s, Mike “King” Kelly helped popularize the hit-and-run, run, the double-steal, and the hook slide.

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Mike "King" Kelly was one of the 19th-century's most popular ball players

Mike “King” Kelly was one of baseball’s first famous players. His Hall of Fame plaque reads, “Colorful player and audacious base-runner. In 1887 for Boston he hit .394 and stole 84 bases. His sale for $10,000 was one of the biggest deals of baseball’s early history.R

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