George Kelly

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.

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    The Giants were also displeased with Kelly’s arrangement, as they were concerned about the chance he could injure himself in non-baseball activity.

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