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Mike Kelly from the Chronology
Jun 3, 1991 - LHP Brien Taylor of East Carteret HS in Beaufort NC is selected by the Yankees as the 1st pick in the major league draft. The Yanks will sign him for $1.55 million-three times the previous high. Arizona State OF Mike Kelly is taken 2nd by the Atlanta Braves. The Indians pick up Manny Ramirez in the 1st round; the Twins take Brad Radke (8th round) the Brewers pick Jeff Cirillo (11th) the Expos take Kirk Kreuter (19th) while the Mariners pick Matt Mantei on the 25th. The Mets pick up Jason Isringhausen on the 44th round.
Jan 7, 1893 - Mike Kelly will appear on stage in blackface this week in Boston.
Aug 17, 1891 - The underfinanced AA franchise in Cincinnati folds. Milwaukee of the Western Association is elected to take its place a move that dooms that minor league. The Brewers sign 4 of the Kellys and several players from other WA clubs. "The King of Ballplayers" Mike Kelly joins the Boston Reds (AA) and is appointed captain.
Aug 26, 1889 - In a play that foreshadows the 'Merkle boner' of 1908 Mike Kelly saves a 5-4 victory for Boston in the bottom of the 12th inning by crossing the plate with the winning run and then grabbing the ball from Sid Farrar so that the Phillies cannot throw it to 1B and retire the batter Dick Johnston. Johnston had the winning hit but failed to run it out. Kelly is attacked by a mob of fans and has to hide under the grandstand protected by players from both teams until extra police arrive.
Aug 24, 1889 - Mike Kelly's 2 hits and 4 stolen bases pace Boston to a 9-3 triumph over Washington.
Jul 29, 1889 - Boston wins a ten-inning 7-6 decision over Philadelphia (NL) but the Phils claim they are robbed by Mike Kelly. When Phillie slugger Sam Thompson hits a ball apparently over the fence in right field Kelly runs back and then fires a ball to the infield depriving Thompson of his homer. The Phils claim Kelly used a hidden ball trick but the umpire rules it is the game ball. Thompson does not score.
Aug 27, 1887 - Mike Kelly and Ezra Sutton score 6 runs each a ML record for 2 teammates as the Beaneaters trounce the Alleghenies 28-14. The score is the biggest ever yielded by a Pittsburgh ML team.
Apr 3, 1887 - Boston club president Arthur Soden announces to the players that while John Morrill remains manager Mike Kelly will serve as captain.
Aug 26, 1886 - The Chicago White Stockings take over first place beating Boston 10-4 behind the pitching of Clarkson. Ned Williamson and Mike Kelly homer for the Whites. Chicago's percentage is now a lofty .727 while Detroit's is .717.
May 30, 1883 - It's a busy and confusing Decoration Day of AA baseball. As part of a unique Memorial Day doubleheader the Reds (AA) play in two different cities. The Reds start a 9:30 a.m. game at New York's Polo Grounds losing 1-0 then travel by train to Philadelphia where they fare better scoring twice in the final frame and winning 10-8 in 11 innings. The Reds played the Athletics in Philley yesterday. The Metropolitans after beating Cincinnati in the a.m. game whip Columbus 12-5 in the afternoon game. (This was on the western diamond of the original Polo Grounds on 110th Street just north of the Polo Grounds. At the same time on the eastern diamond the New York National League team was playing a doubleheader against Detroit splitting 2-5 and 4-8. In between games of the New York-Detroit doubleheader the first of which started at 10 a.m. was a game between Yale and Princeton to decide the college championship) Columbus is the loser on the day dropping an a.m. game in Philadelphia 8-5. Meanwhile Cleveland loses 3-1 in Boston in the morning then travels to Providence to win 5-2. Buffalo loses to Providence 4-2 in the morning then trains to Boston to lose 2-1 in the afternoon. The Chicago (NL) White Stockings have the easiest of the day's doubleheaders feasting on the Phillies 15-8 and 22-4. In the 2nd game the Whites score 7 runs in the 1st and 9 runs in the 5th as Mike Kelly Fred Pfeffer and Tommy Burns make 3 hits apiece.
Sep 16, 1881 - Chicago clinches the pennant with a 4-0 victory in Boston. Mike Kelly is 4-for-4 scoring 2 runs and driving in 2.
May 20, 1881 - Chicago resorts to trickery to beat Boston 5-4. Mike Kelly scores the go-ahead run from 2B on a groundout by cutting 3B by some 30 feet. The Sox 3B later saves the game with a hidden ball trick in the 9th inning.
May 1, 1880 - Opening Day in the NL. In Cincinnati the Chicagos spoil the official opening of the new park by beating the Reds 4-3 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Two runs come on a homer by Mike Kelly and two on an error by SS Sam wright. This is the first pro game ended in "sudden death" as the old rules required that the full inning be played out even if the team batting last was already ahead.
Oct 16, 1879 - With the Cincinnati Reds folding Mike Kelly signs with Chicago for 1880 while on tour with the Whites in California.
Jun 13, 1879 - Will White sprains his ankle while horsing around with Mike Kelly before the game and Cincinnati is forced to use Cal McVey in the pitcher's box. McVey is pounded for 28 hits as Providence wins 19-6.
May 3, 1879 - Mike Kelly hits a 3-run homer in Cincinnati as the Reds beat Troy City 13-12. For hitting the first HR of the season Kelly receives a bat from the Cincinnati Inquirer.
Jul 18, 1878 - Daring base running by rookie Mike Kelly leads Cincinnati to a 4-1 win over Boston.