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Boston Doves - Joe Kelly Manager - 1908

Boston Doves – Joe Kelly Manager – 1908

Joe Kelley only had one year as manager for the Boston Doves in 1908. The Dovey Brothers had decided to replace Fred Tenney. Joe is a Hall of Famer with a .317 lifetime batting average. Not too bad for a player.

He had played 12 games for them in 1891. Perhaps he should never come back. He was previously a player-manager in Cincinnati for over 3 seasons. He would finish over .500 but never got them higher than third place.

The Boston Doves (now the Atlanta Braves) finished sixth under his leadership in 1908. A 63-91 season ending up 36 games behind. What is surprising is that he lasted the whole season.