Former All-Star outfielder Kelly dies at 61

Updated: October 3, 2005, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Former All-Star outfielder Pat Kelly, who played for five different teams during a 15-year major-league career, has died. He was 61.

Kelly died Sunday from a heart attack.

He was selected to play in the 1973 All-Star Game during a season in which he hit .280 in a career-high 144 games with the Chicago White Sox. Kelly played in the World Series as a member of the 1979 Baltimore Orioles.

Kelly was a reverend for Lifeline Ministries in Maryland after his retirement.

Born in Philadelphia as Harold Patrick Kelly, the fleet-footed outfielder was 23 when he played his first game with the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 6, 1967. He participated in 20 games over two seasons with Minnesota before spending two years with the Kansas City Royals.

Kelly played for the White Sox from 1971-76 and the Orioles from 1977-80 before closing out his career with 48 games for Cleveland in 1981. He hit .264 with 76 homers, 418 RBI and 250 stolen bases in 1,385 games.

Kelly was known as much for his religious conviction as his left-handed swing. During his stint in Baltimore, this exchange between Kelly and fiery manager Earl Weaver supposedly occurred:

"Skip, don't you want me to walk with the Lord?" Kelly asked.

To which Weaver replied, "I'd rather you walk with the bases loaded."

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