Kelly at bat in 1977
|Born: July 30, 1944|
|Died: October 2, 2005 (aged 61)|
|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 Major League Baseball right fielder with the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians between 1967 and 1981. He batted and threw left-handed. He is the brother of Leroy Kelly, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back.
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 made the last out of the 1979 World Series, flying out to Pirates outfielder Omar Moreno.
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 Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, at age 61 and is buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.