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Kelly Jay Paris (October 17, 1957 – May 27, 2019) was a professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and the Chicago White Sox. He played as a third baseman and shortstop.

Kelly Paris
Third baseman
Born: (1957-10-17)October 17, 1957
Encino, California
Died: May 27, 2019(2019-05-27) (aged 61)
Belmont, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1982, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
August 18, 1988, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.217
Home runs3
Runs batted in14


Paris was born in Encino, California, and attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft on June 3, 1975,[1] and made his major league debut on September 1, 1982 with the Cardinals. On March 31, 1983, Paris was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Jim Strichek. It was with the Reds that Paris played the majority of his Major League games.

In 1976, while playing for the Johnson City Cardinals, Kelly and his older brother Bret, achieved what is believed to be a first in professional baseball. The two brothers hit home runs for the same team in the same inning.

All three of Paris' career major league home runs were hit in 1988 in 44 at-bats while a member of the Chicago White Sox.[2]

He died on May 27, 2019 after a battle with lung cancer.[3]


  1. ^ "Kelly Paris Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  2. ^ "Kelly Paris Stats". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  3. ^ "Kelly Jay Paris". Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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