King Kelly of the Early Professional Era
This large-format, deluxe studio photograph of King Kelly was taken the year he received baseball's first $10,000 contract and stole eighty-four bases. Arguably the game's most popular player and known for his baserunning prowess, Kelly legged out hits and committed thefts to crowds roaring "Slide, Kelly, Slide!"
Mike "King" Kelly was the era's consummate star, Known for his slugging skill, he could also run the base paths and push runs home, and his impressive-for-that-period 69 home runs pale beside his 950 career runs batted in (RBIs). He was a terrific team player, a perennial league leader in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, doubles, runs, RBIs and stolen bases. Kelly's on-field exploits, handsome features and flowing handlebar mustaches made him a favorite with fans.