King Kelly, the Famous Catcher



This nickel story for boys was issued on June 16, 1894, long after Kelly’s star had begun to fall from the heights. Indeed, he died later that year, only thirty-six years of age. But in the 1880s he had been “The 10,000 Beauty,” so named for the price that Boston paid to pry him away from Chicago after he had led the White Stockings to the championship, batting .388.

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