John McKelvey

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John McKelvey
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Born: August 27, 1847
Rochester, New York
Died: May 31, 1944(1944-05-31) (aged 96)
Rochester, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1875, for the New Haven Elm Citys
Last MLB appearance
October 28, 1875, for the New Haven Elm Citys
MLB statistics
Batting average .229
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 10

John "Mac" Wellington McKelvey was a shortstop for the Rochester Alert amateur baseball team for a number of years and played one year for the professional New Haven Elm Citys in 1875.

Baseball career[edit]

John McKelvey was born in 1847 in Rochester, New York and raised in the city. He played on a number of amateur teams in Rochester. In 1869, he joined the Rochester Alerts, an amateur baseball club. The Alerts played a number of regional and national teams and McKelvey gained a reputation for excellent defense.

In 1875, McKelvey joined the New Haven Elm Citys where he played for the entire season batting .229 with 10 RBIs.[1] The next year, he rejoined the Rochester amateur team where he played for the remainder of his amateur career.[2]


  1. ^ Arcidiacono, David (2010). Major League Baseball in Gilded Age Connecticut. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company. 
  2. ^ Astifan, Priscilla (2001). "Rochester’s Last Two Seasons of Amateur Baseball Baseball in the 19th Century, Part Four". ROCHESTER HISTORY. LXIII (2). 
Preceded by
George Wright
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
August 21, 1937 – May 31, 1944
Succeeded by
Charles Witherow