Cooperstown Chronicles – Tom Kelly

Feb 24, 2008

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Tom Kelly managed the Twins from 1986-2001.  In that time he won 1140 of the 2386 games he managed (.478).  He led the Twins to World Series victories over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987 and the Atlanta Braves in 1991.  He earned the Manager of the Year Award in 1991.  He had to suffer through a period when the Twins spending was at a minimal while most of the league’s payrolls were going through the roof.  Yet he kept the team mostly competitive despite the small payroll, and left it in good shape for his successor Ron Gardenhire.  TK currently ranks 42nd for all-time managerial wins.  I’m not sure if any multiple World Series winning managers had less talent to work with than TK.  Currently, Kirby Puckett is the only Hall of Famer on either roster.  That speaks volumes of the man.  Kirby needs company.  Tom Kelly (and Bert Byleven and Jack Morris) should join him.

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Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Big Denny
    February 24th, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    Great choice. He helped put the Twins on the map. Waive those homer hankies.

  2. Larry Novak
    February 24th, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    His players gave it all for him. A very underated Manager,
    Yes to Him, Bert Blyleven, and Jack Morris.
    And as Big Denny says, They were a fun team to watch at Home.

  3. thewho52
    February 25th, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    Great choice Ryan…TK knew how to mold average players and make them into over achievers for sure!!

    I still to this day remember spending half a day downtown ST.Paul at the celebration Parade for the ’87 team…From last to worldseries champs in one year!!! Amazing feat and TK deserves most of the credit!!


  4. Ryan Lester
    February 25th, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    TW – That must have been awesome. I’m too far from Boston to have enjoyed that.

  5. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Of course,T.K. should be in Cooperstown!!!!!

  6. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    Darn right.

  7. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | 1800blogger
    May 7th, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    [...] Travis Jackson* Tommy John Bob Johnson Addie Joss* Jim Kaat George Kell* Joe Kelley* George Kelly* Tom Kelly (Manager) Chuck Klein* Jerry Koosman Bill James & Pete Palmer Barry Larkin Tony Lazzeri* [...]

  8. TexasRangerFan
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    I think the 1991 World Series Braves/Twins needs to be inducted into the HOF.. What a knockdown-dragout great series. Back and forth, both catchers bowling each other over at home in the same game. Very intense…..

  9. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    what a series. Plus, Kirby and Jack Morris’ heroics.

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