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Mick Kelleher

Mick Kelleher
Kelleher in 2013, photo by Keith Allison
New York Yankees – No. 50
Infielder / Coach
Born: (1947-07-25) July 25, 1947 (age 67)
Seattle, Washington
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1972 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1982 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average .213
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 65

As a player

As a coach

Career highlights and awards

Michael Dennis "Mick" Kelleher (born July 25, 1947) is the first base coach for the New York Yankees. He succeeded Tony Peña, who became the bench coach.


Minor Leagues

As a minor league shortstop with the Tulsa Oilers in 1972, Kelleher set an American Association record for shortstops with a .979 fielding percentage.[1]

Playing career

Perhaps Kelleher's most famous moment as a Major Leaguer came as a Cub in 1977. That August 7, in the second game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, Kelleher, at 5-9 and 170 pounds, responded to Dave Kingman's hard slide into him on a double play attempt (Kingman was apparently angered over being hit by a Steve Renko pitch) by jumping on the 6-6, 210-pound Kingman's back and pummeling him with blows; the ensuing bench-clearing brawl resulted in the ejections of both players. The two became teammates the following season, after Kingman signed with the Cubs as a free agent.

In 11 seasons, Kelleher was an infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals (1972–73 and 1975), Houston Astros (1974), Chicago Cubs (1976–80), Detroit Tigers (1981–82) and California Angels (1982). He was a member of the 1982 AL Western Division Champions, playing mostly shortstop and hitting .163 in 49 at bats. He did not appear in the playoffs. Playing in 622 games, Kelleher recorded a career .213 batting average in 1,081 at bats. He is the most recently retired non-pitcher to have more than 1,000 at-bats and no home runs.

Coaching career

Kelleher has consistently worked in major league baseball since retiring as a player. He has been a minor league coach and a scout. He also served as a first base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and for the Detroit Tigers from 2003 to 2005.[2] Prior to being named first base coach for the Yankees, he was a defensive coordinator for the Yankees’ minor league system. His main assignment with the Yankees will be to monitor the development of Robinson Canó, who he coached in the minor leagues.[3]


External links

Biography portal
  • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Peña
New York Yankees First Base Coach
Succeeded by
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