Tom Kelly

Birthdate 08/15/1950
Death Date
Debut Year 1986
Year of Induction
Teams Twins
Position Manager

Tom Kelly’s Twins won the World Series in 1987 & 1991. Only 23 managers have won more than one World Series title, 14 are in the Hall of Fame. 

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In the collection:

Pair of paychecks from Kelly's minor league days

Pair of paychecks from Kelly's minor league days

Before becoming manager of the Twins, Tom Kelly was trying to make it as a first baseman or corner outfielder. In the collection are two checks from Kelly’s playing days. Notice the checks are made out to “Jay” Kelly, a nod to his legal first name instead of his more familiar middl

"Jay" Kelly endorses his minor league checks

On the reserve of each check is the unusual Kelly signature bearing his legal first name, “Jay”. Kelly managed the Minnesota team for sixteen seasons, winning the World Series in both 1987 and 1991. There have only been 23 men have managed more than one World Series title and most are in

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