Mike “King” Kelly was a Boston Beaneater (now the Atlanta Braves). He played for them from 1887-89 and 1891-92. He was born on December 31, 1857 in Troy, New York. He played every position at one time or another. He bated right and threw right. He died on November 8, 1894.
He is generally regarded as the Babe Ruth of the 19th century. Not a bad way to be remembered. It was a different era in baseball then but he became a favorite of the fans like the Bambino did.
He came to the Beaneaters from Chicago. They purchased him for a stunning sum of $10,000. Unheard of at the time. They brought the King of Baseball to Boston. He had led the White Stockings to two pennants and was the batting leader the three years before he came to Boston. If the Boston fans were estatic, the Chicago fans were depressed.