An excellent all-around athlete Pat Kelly played ‘heads up baseball’ during a 15-year major league career. He attended Morgan State University prior to signing with the Minnesota Twins in 1962. After basically playing seven seasons in the minors and a little with the Twins, Pat Kelly was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 1968 expansion draft. In 1969 with the Royals he stole 40 bases and hit .264. Traded to the Chicago White Sox in October 1970, he was an All-Star in 1973, and pinch-hit in the game.
A well-regarded outfield ballhawk and a speedy base runner, Pat Kelly stole 250 career bases and led the AL outfielders in fielding pct. while with the White Sox in 1975. He batted .280 in 1973 and .281 in 1974. Traded to Baltimore prior to 1977 he helped the Orioles win the AL East and hit a robust .364, including a 3-run homer, in the 1979 AL Championship Series win over the Angels. In the World Series Pat Kelly pinch-hit in 5 games in a losing cause to Pittsburgh.
Pat Kelly was the brother of NFL football great LeRoy Kelly and the brother-in-law former major league first baseman, Andre Thornton.