George “High Pockets” Kelly played 16 National League seasons, primarily with the Giants. He made his debut in 1915, but didn’t become a regular until after returning from military service in 1918. He was an important part of New York’s early 1920s domination of the NL, and a member of consecutive pennant winning teams in 1921-1924, and World Series championship squads in 1921 & ’22. He was known throughout the league as a terrific “clutch hitter”, driving in 100+ runs 5 times, while leading the league in 1920 & ’24; he was also the NL’s home run leader in 1921. He was an outstanding defensive first baseman with a powerful arm, and was a pioneer in his positioning on relays and footwork around the bag. During his career he totaled 148 homeruns, 1020 RBIs and hit for a .297 average.
He was elected to Cooperstown via Veteran’s Committee in 1973.
April 26, 2015