Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Debut #85 Bill Kelso

William Eugene Kelso
Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 215 lb.
Born: February 19, 1940 in Kansas City, MO
MLB Debut: July 31, 1964 Los Angeles Angels
Final MLB Game: September 28, 1968 Cincinnati Reds
Died: May 11, 2009 in North Kansas City, MO
Years with the Angels: 1964-1967

December 2, 1963: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1963 rule 5 draft.
November 29, 1967: Traded by the California Angels with Jorge Rubio to the Cincinnati Reds for Sammy Ellis.

Entered the game in the 5th with one out and one on as a pitching replacement for starter Aubrey Gatewood. He then struck out Frank Malzone, walked Tony Horton, and got Eddie Bressoud to pop out. Gave up no runs on 1 hit in 2.2 innings of an eventual 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday, July 31, 1964 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

1964, 1966-67
Appeared in 84 games ending up with an 8-4 record with 11 saves and a 2.82 ERA. Also had 123K in 147 IP.
Best Angels Performance:
Threw a complete game 4-hit shutout (in the first of only two career starts) for a 2-0 win against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, September 26, 1964 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

- Originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1962
- Also played for the reds (1968)
- Spent 30 years as a scout for the Angels, Phillies, and Astros.
- Discovered Bobby Dernier, Lance Berkman, and Roy Oswalt among others.

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