|Born: September 8, 1854|
|Died: October 19, 1915 (aged 61)|
|May 1, 1878, for the Indianapolis Blues|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 24, 1882, for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys|
|Runs batted in||36|
|Career highlights and awards|
Russell Errett McKelvy (September 8, 1854 – October 19, 1915) was an American Major League Baseball player who played center field for the 1878 Indianapolis Blues of the National League (the only year the Blues were in the Major Leagues), and one game in right field for the 1882 Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
After attending Allegheny College from 1873 through 1877, McKelvy signed with the Indianapolis Blues of the National league for the 1878 season. He became the first player from Allegheny College to make it to the Major League level, as well the first to hit a home run. It came against Bobby Mitchell on June 1, 1878, in the top of the third inning, when he hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run. It was the only home run Mitchell surrendered during his four-year career. McKelvy played in a league leading 63 games that season, 62 of them in center field, which also led all National league center fielders in games played. His two home runs were third, and his 36 runs batted in were seventh amongst the league leaders. He pitched in a total of four games as a pitcher, one of which was a start, and the other three came in relief.
1878 was the only year that the Blues were at the Major League level, and McKelvy did not reappear in the Majors until he made a one-game return, for the 1882 Pittsburgh Alleganys. In that game, played on August 24, 1882, he played right field, batted four times, and did not have a hit. This was his last appearance in the Majors.
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- "Russ McKelvy's career statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- "Bobby Mitchell's career statistics". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- "Russ McKelvy's career statistics". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- "Indianapolis Blues History & Encyclopedia". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-08.