Mick Kelleher

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Mick Kelleher
Mick Kelleher.jpg
Kelleher in 2013
Infielder / Coach
Born: (1947-07-25) July 25, 1947 (age 71)
Seattle, Washington
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1972, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1982, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average .213
Hits 230
Runs batted in 65

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Michael Dennis Kelleher (born July 25, 1947) is an American former professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and California Angels. He coached for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tigers, and the New York Yankees.


Minor Leagues[edit]

As a minor leaguer with the Tulsa Oilers in 1972, Kelleher set an American Association record for shortstops with a .979 fielding percentage.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Perhaps Kelleher's most famous moment as a Major Leaguer came as a Cub in 1977. That August 7, in the second game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, Kelleher, at 5–9 and 170 pounds, responded to Dave Kingman's hard slide into him on a double play attempt (Kingman was apparently angered over being hit by a Steve Renko pitch) by jumping on the 6–6, 210-pound Kingman's back and pummeling him with blows; the ensuing bench-clearing brawl resulted in the ejections of both players. The two became teammates the following season, after Kingman signed with the Cubs as a free agent.

In 11 seasons, Kelleher was an infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals (1972–73 and 1975), Houston Astros (1974), Chicago Cubs (1976–80), Detroit Tigers (1981–82) and California Angels (1982). He was a member of the 1982 AL Western Division Champions, playing mostly shortstop and hitting .163 in 49 at bats. He did not appear in the playoffs. Playing in 622 games, Kelleher recorded a career .213 batting average in 1,081 at bats. He is the most recently retired non-pitcher to have more than 1,000 at-bats and no home runs.

Coaching career[edit]

Kelleher consistently worked in major league baseball after his playing career ended. He was a minor league coach and a scout. He also served as a first base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and for the Detroit Tigers from 2003 to 2005.[2] Prior to being named first base coach for the Yankees, he was a defensive coordinator for the Yankees’ minor league system. His main assignment with the Yankees was originally to monitor the development of Robinson Canó, whom he coached in the minor leagues.[3] He spent six seasons as the team's first base coach, and was a member of their coaching staff during the 2009 World Series.

On October 10, the Yankees announced Kelleher would not return for the 2015 season.[4] Kelleher subsequently retired from baseball on October 20.[5]


  1. ^ Vass, George (March 1973). "Exclusive Scouting Reports on 1973 Major League Rookies". Baseball Digest. p. 90.
  2. ^ "Kelleher could join Yankees' coaching staff".
  3. ^ "Scott Boras isn't taking short-term offers for Manny Ramirez - 2008 MLB Playoffs - SI.com". CNN. November 4, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Feinsand: Yankees will not retain first base coach Mick Kelleher - River Avenue Blues". 10 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Ex-Yankees coach Mick Kelleher retiring".

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Peña
New York Yankees First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Tony Peña