Cooperstown Chronicles – Joe Kelley

Aug 30, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Joe Kelley, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1971.

Played 1891-1908 (17 Seasons)
1853 Games
7006 At Bats
.317 Batting Average (64th All-time)
.402 On-base % (55th All-time)
1421 Runs
2220 Hits
358 Doubles
194 Triples (9th All-time)
65 HRs
1194 RBI
911 Walks
443 SBs (51st All-time)

Eleven consecutive .300+ Seasons
Six 100+ Run Seasons
Three 30+ Double Seasons
Ten 10+ Triple Seasons
Five 100+ RBI Seasons
Six 30+ Stolen Base Seasons

Awards

Top Ten Finishes

Games – Once
Batting Average – 3 Times
On-Base % - 6 Times
Slugging % – 7 Times
OPS - 7 Times
Runs - 3 Times
Hits – Twice
Doubles - 3 Times
Triples - 9 Times
HRs - 5 Times
Total Bases - 4 Times
Extra-Base Hits - 6 Times
RBI – 6 Times
Walks - 5 Times
Hit by Pitch - Twice
Stolen Bases – Twice (Led league in 1896)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 2 (587) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 122 (153) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 51.8 (67) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 94.5 (164) (Likely HOFer > 100)

This one is also close.  If he had 79 more Runs he would have had the 1500 mark that virtually assures you induction.  He did hit for a high average, had a ton of Triples and SBs.  His slugging stats were decent for the era.  He added to his legacy by going 338-321 (.513) as a Player/Manager.  His HOF yardsticks put him right on the brink of Hall of Fame induction.  He’s not a slam dunk by any means, but I see no reason to disagree with the VC here.  Joe Kelley is a Hall of Famer. 

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    August 30th, 2008 at 6:29 pm #

    I have to agree with you on this one. If you take in to account the era in which he played it is difficult to not put him in Cooperstown, because he had great numbers to play pre-1920′s baseball.

    Excellent work Ryan.

  2. LestersLegends
    August 30th, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks Brad.

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