Wednesday, March 23, 2016

1887 Buchner Gold Coin (type C reprint): King Kelly, Boston Beaneaters/Braves, OF/2B/C

     King Kelly signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1878 at the age of 20-21.  After the 1879 season, Kelly signed with the Chicago White Stockings (now Cubs) from 1880-1886.  The Boston Beaneaters (now Braves) purchased King Kelly before the start of the 1887 for $10,000.  He had just come off of 3 consecutive league leading seasons in Runs scored (120, 124, 155), and 2 batting titles (.388, .354), which would become his career highs.  His 1887 stats included 120 Runs, 156 Hits, 34 Doubles, 11 Triplles, and a .322 Avg. in 484 AB's throughout 116 games.  Although primarily a catcher in 1885-1886, Kelly would play mostly 2B for the Beaneaters in 1887.  He played mostly for the Beaneaters through 1892, except for a year in the Player's League with the Boston Reds (which he lead to a title as a player/manager), and another one in the American Association with his own team, the Cincinnati Kelly's Killers.  King Kelly signed with the New York Giants to finish out his major league career in 1893.

     King Kelly experienced 7 National League Championships and a Player's League Championship during his 16-year playing career between 1878-1893.  The World Series wasn't always played every year before 1903, so King Kelly got to participate in only 3 World Series--1885, 1886, and 1892.  His Boston Beaneaters beat the Cleveland Spiders in 6 games (5-0-1) to capture the 1892 World Series Championship.  

     King Kelly was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Old Timers Committee.

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