Today in White Sox History: October 13

Astounding feat: Pat Kelly managed to turn a 0.0 bWAR season in 1973 into an All-Star Game appearance.


1970 – New player personnel director Roland Hemond made his first deal for the club, sending John “Pineapple” Matias and (now-“Dr.”) Gail Hopkins to the Kansas City Royals for Don O’Riley and Pat Kelly. Kelly, who was the brother of Cleveland Browns running back LeRoy Kelly, provided speed for the “new look” White Sox. A solid hitter and leadoff man, Pat would make the All-Star team in 1973.

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fancyhughyancy
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Loved Pat Kelly. Would imitate his flat-bat, hunched over stance when playing fast pitch. We would be different teams, and would really try to mimic every famous batting tic. Joe Morgan’s front arm flinch, Stargell’s staggered warm-up loop.