Thursday, April 17, 2014

#196 Pat Kelly

About the Front: In an interesting trick of perspective, the barrel of the bat vanishes behind Pat Kelly's head.

About the Back: Both the triple and the three-run homer on May 17, 1992 came against Dave Stewart.

Triple Play:

1. When Pat was growing up in North Catashuqua, PA, his father owned a bar named Kelly's 19th Hole.

2. Pat had a pair of two-homer games in his career. Both came in 1999, when he played just 37 games for Toronto in his final active season.

3. He is very active with baseball in Australia, serving as an assistant coach for the national team. He has served the Dodgers and the Mariners as Pacific Rim Coordinator of scouting.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I seem to recall my parents mentioning that there was another Pat Kelly who played for the Orioles. That would be H. Pat Kelly, a right fielder who was in the majors from 1967 through 1981.

Bill James Said: "Has always been regarded as having the ability to be an outstanding glove, and in '93, he was at least above-average at the position."

On This Date in 1993: April 17. LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell are found guilty of civil rights violations in the second Rodney King trial.


  1. The ORIGINAL Pat Kelly: "Earl, it's great to walk with the Lord, it's great to walk with Jesus."

    Earl Weaver:""Pat," said Weaver, "I'd rather have you walk with the bases loaded."

  2. Ah, one of the classic Earl stories. Thanks, Bob!