Pat Kelly (outfielder)
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July 30, 1944|
|Died: October 2, 2005
|September 6, 1967, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1981, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||418|
|Career highlights and awards|
Harold Patrick Kelly (July 30, 1944 – October 2, 2005) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1967 through 1981, Kelly played for the Minnesota Twins (1967–68), Kansas City Royals (1969–70), Chicago White Sox (1971–76), Baltimore Orioles (1977–80) and Cleveland Indians (1981). He batted and threw left-handed. He is also the brother of Leroy Kelly, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kelly debuted with the Twins in 1967. He played in 20 games over two seasons with Minnesota before spending two years with the Royals.
Kelly made the American League All-Star team as a member of the White Sox in 1973, during a season in which he hit .280 in a career-high 144 games. Some of his best seasons were as a clutch-hitting, platoon player for the powerful Orioles' teams of 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1979 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kelly finished his majors career when he hit .213 (16-for-75) in 48 games for the Cleveland Indians during the strike-shortened 1981 season.
Following his retirement as a player, Kelly moved to Towson, Maryland, and became an ordained minister for Lifeline Ministries. He died suddenly from a heart attack in Baltimore, Maryland at age 61 and is buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.