Hal Kelleher

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Hal Kelleher
Born Harold Joseph Kelleher
(1914-06-24)June 24, 1914
Died August 27, 1989(1989-08-27) (aged 75)
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Nationality American
Occupation Major League Baseball Player

Harold Joseph Kelleher (June 24, 1914 – August 27, 1989) was a Major League Baseball player who played four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1935 to 1938 in the National League.

Minor League career[edit]

Kelleher started his Minor League baseball career with the Hazelton Mountaineers in the New York–Pennsylvania League in 1934. After a 13 win season in 1935, Kelleher was promoted to the Philadelphia Phillies late in the season.[1]

Major League Baseball career[edit]

On September 17, 1935, in his first Major League game, Kelleher pitched a 1–0 shutout against the Cincinnati Reds. Kelleher won his first two decisions that season.[2] He was also the sixth youngest player in the National League that season.[2] In 1936, Kelleher pitched 14 games, starting four. He had a 0–5 win-loss record with a 5.32 earned run average.[2] A low point of the season was when he gave up five runs during the fifth inning against the New York Giants on May 24.[3]

He pitched a career high 27 games in 1937, winning two games and losing four in 58 innings, but his earned run average was considered a bad 6.63. That season he led the league in hit by pitch, hitting seven batters.[2] His last career victory was a 9–5 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 26, 1937 in a relief appearance. He pitched two and a third innings, beating future Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean in the process, who left the game with a "sore arm".[4] After having an 18.41 earned run average in six games during the 1938 season, Kelleher pitched his last game on May 5.[2]

His career record was 4–9 with a 5.95 earned run average in 50 career games.[2] He died in Cape May Court House, New Jersey at the age of 75.


  1. ^ "Hal Kelleher". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hal Kelleher". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Giants on Spree". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. May 25, 1936. p. 14. 
  4. ^ "Dizzy's Wing Hurt, Cards lose to Phils". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. August 27, 1937. p. 7. 

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