Tom Kelly (baseball)

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Tom Kelly
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Kelly in 1987
First baseman / Manager
Born: (1950-08-15) August 15, 1950 (age 73)
Graceville, Minnesota, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 11, 1975, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
July 11, 1975, for the Minnesota TwinsLWin %WLWin %Result
Minnesota Twins 1986200111401244.478168.667World Series champion
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  1. Staff. "EXPERTS: TWINS WILL PLAY IN 2002, BUT. . .", St. Paul Pioneer Press , December 27, 2001. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Former Twins manager Tom Kelly, who is from Sayreville, NJ, and attended St. Mary's High School in South Amboy, NJ, will be honoroed[ sic ]..."
  2. Retrosheet box score: 1975-05-26
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