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.
|Born: October 17, 1957|
|Died: May 27, 2019 (aged 61)|
Belmont, North Carolina
|September 1, 1982, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 18, 1988, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||14|
He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft on June 3, 1975, 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.
He died on May 27, 2019 after a battle with lung cancer.