» March 9, 1900: Popular Buck Ewing, a .303 hitter in his 18-year career (and the only 19th-century catcher in the Hall of Fame), is named bench manager of the Giants. He'll last until July 13th when he quits the team and George Kelly takes over.
» August 20, 1915:
The Giants purchase the contract of George "High Pockets" Kelly from Victoria for $1200. Kelly is the nephew of Bill Lange, 1890s star of the Chicago Nationals.
» July 17, 1917: The Giants waive little-used George Kelly to Pittsburgh. Kelly will return to star for New York.
» October 13, 1921: Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf come back for game eight with two days rest. With two on and two outs in the first, Giants 1B George Kelly hits a grounder to short that goes through Roger Peckinpaugh, and a run scores. Not another Giant reaches 3B the rest of the day. After Aaron Ward walks in the 9th, Frank "Home Run" Baker hits a drive toward right, but 2B Johnny Rawlings spears it and throws him out while on the ground. Ward heads for 3B and is gunned down by a throw from Kelly to Frisch to end the Series. Hoyt does not allow an earned run in three complete games. The Giants are the first to lose the first two games and come back to win the Series.
» April 29, 1922: The NY Giants collect 20 hits, including four inside-the-park home runs, in windswept Braves Field in Boston. George Kelly hits 2, one in the 4th and another in the 9th, and Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft hit the others. Youngs includes the cycle in his five hits. Phil Douglas coasts to a 15–4 win.
» April 26, 1923: The Giants receive their 1922 WS rings, then beat
the Braves 7-3 in their home opener, despite
a record-tying 5 double plays by Boston. Giants 1B
George "Highpockets" Kelly ties a record, handling
22 chances in the field.
» September 14, 1923:
The Cubs Vic Keen stops the Giants, 7–1, cutting the National League leaders lead down to 1/2 game. The lone Giants score is a George Kelly homer.
» September 17, 1923: The Giants' George Kelly sets a major-league record by homering in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th against the Cubs Vic Aldridge as New York rolls to a 13–6 win. Kelly adds a single and double to run his total bases to 15 for the game. Kelly has now hit a record six homers off cousin Aldridge this year, a mark off one pitcher that will be tied by Ted Williams (in 1941, off Johnny Rigney) and Ted Kluszewski (in 1954, off Max Surkont). Kelly is the first player to homer in three successive innings.
» July 16, 1924:
Giants 1B George Kelly hits his seventh HR and becomes the first to hit HRs in six consecutive games. He will finish with 21.
» October 1, 1924: Another bribery scandal clouds the World Series atmosphere. Judge Landis bans Giants OF Jimmy O'Connell and coach Cozy Dolan from the World Series after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils SS Heinie Sand on the 27th to "go easy" in their season-ending series against the Giants. O'Connell implicates Frank Frisch, George Kelly, and Ross Youngs, who deny everything and are cleared by Landis. O'Connell is out of baseball at 23. American League President Ban Johnson, an enemy of the Giants John McGraw, proclaims that the World Series should be canceled because of the betting scandal, a pronouncement that the owners will ignore. Johnson, however, decides not to attend any World Series games.
» October 4, 1924: For the 4th straight year, the Giants are in the Series. At 3B is Fred Lindstrom, at 18 years, 10 months, the youngest ever to play in a World Series. President Calvin Coolidge is among 35,760 who jam the DC stands in Game One as an Army band greets the two teams by playing Sidewalks of New York and Dixie. George Kelly drops a home run into the temporary bleachers in the 2nd, and Terry does the same in the 4th for a 2–0 New York lead. Art Nehf (14-4) gives up one in the 6th. In the last of the 9th, the Senators score to send the game into extra innings. The Giants net two runs in the 12th. In the last of the 12th, Washington scores one, but the rally falls a run short, and Walter Johnson (23-7) loses his World Series debut. Johnson strikes out 12 in the loss. Nehf becomes the 5th pitcher to get three hits in a World Series game, a feat that will not be repeated until Orel Hershiser does it in 1988.
» June 12, 1925: Against the Pirates, the Giants make a triple play that goes from SS Travis Jackson to C Hank Gowdy to 3B Heinie Groh to RF Ross Youngs to 2B George Kelly to 1B Terry. In the first inning, with Max Carey on 3B and Johnny Rawlings on 2B, Kiki Cuyler taps a slow roller to SS that gets away from Jackson for a few seconds. Carey starts home and is caught, Jackson to Gowdy to 3B Groh. Rawlings, on his way to 3B, heads back to 2B and is run down. Cuyler tries for 2B and gets caught in a rundown.
» December 9, 1925:
Cards' player-manager Rogers Hornsby is named the MVP in the National League, gathering 73 out of a possible 80 votes. Hornsby was runnerup in 1924 to Dazzy Vance. Other strong contenders are Kiki Cuyler, the Pirates top hitter at .357; the Giants' George Kelly; Pirates' SS Glenn Wright; Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance; and Dave Bancroft, who hit .319 and topped NL shortstops in fielding average while managing the 5th-place Braves.
» February 9, 1927: The Giants send versatile George Kelly, along with cash, to the Reds for truculent holdout OF Edd Roush. The Giants sent Roush to the Reds in 1916.
» May 20, 1927:
At Philadelphia, the Reds win the opener, 6–3, behind Pete Donohue's mastery of the Phils. George Kelly provides a grand slam. The Phils roll to a 15–2 win in the nitecap as Cy Williams belts three home runs and a triple, collecting six RBIs and scoring four times. Williams ties Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig for the ML lead with nine homers.
» September 1, 1928:
Sheriff Blake is red hot for the Cubs, allowing just one hit, in besting the Reds Ray Kolp, 1–0. The lone Reds hit is a 5th inning double by Long George Kelly.
» October 3, 1929: At St. Louis, the Browns General Crowder tops the Indians, 3–2, in 10 innings. Accounting for the Indians scoring is Earl Averill's 2-run home run, his 18th of the year and his 5th off the general. Only George Kelly's six off Vic Aldridge in 1923 (and later on, Williams in 1941, off Rigney, and Kluszewski in 1954, off Surkont) will top Earl's 5, according to homer historian Dave Vincent.
» August 29, 1930: In the Cubs' 2nd successive extra-inning game, Pat Malone beats Burleigh Grimes 9–8 in 13 innings to halt the Cardinals' 9-game win streak. With captain Charlie Grimm out of the lineup with a spike wound, the Cubs sign George Kelly, released a month earlier by Reds.
» August 31, 1930:
With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs, the Giants edge the Braves 4–3 in the opener a doubleheader before 40,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game, Mel Ott hits a double and three consecutive home runs to drive in six runs, but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit three straight homers, joining Goose Goslin (August 19, 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2, 1930), George Kelly (September 17, 1923), and Cap Anson (August 6, 1884). The final score is Boston 14, New York, 10.
» May 13, 1940: In a replay of their washed-out game of April 23rd called on account of darkness, the Reds and the Cards neglect to inform the league office, and no umpires are assigned to Crosley Field. Coach Jimmy Wilson and P Lon Warneke are pressed into service as umpires before umpire Larry Goetz, at home in Cincinnati on a day off, arrives to officiate. Warneke will later become a full-time umpire, while Wilson will return to active duty at the end of the year and star in the World Series. Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals hits three home runs, and the Reds Bill Werber has five hits and collects four doubles in a 14-inning, 8–8 tie with the Reds. Mize's is his 3rd 3-homer game, breaking the tie for the National League record he shared with George Kelly. After 1910, there will be only five games this century in which active players umpire: Besides today these are: 1912: Ham Hyatt (Pit-N) and Ed Phelps (Bro-N); 1935: Jocko Conlan (Chi-A); 1941: Johnny Cooney (Bos-N) and Freddie Fitzsimmons (Bro-N); and 1978: Don Leppert (coach, Tor-A) and Jerry Zimmerman (coach, Min-A). (as noted by historian Wayne McElreavy)
» June 28, 1947:
Walker Cooper of the Giants hits a HR in his sixth consecutive game to tie a record set by George Kelly in 1924. Cooper had two HRs in the first game of the streak, and his shot today helps his brother Mort win 14-6 over the Phils.
» January 28, 1973: The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee selects 19th-century players Mickey Welch and George Kelly, plus umpire Billy Evans, for enshrinement.