Larry “Muscles” Kelly

He was one of the most feared hitters in the game during the late 1970s and 1980s. He played with the ERV Strikers and Bobcats in the Windy City League in 1976 and ‘77. He was MVP of the Chicago Park District Tourney with the title holder Cats in ‘77. In 1978 he led the Bobcats to one of their last ASA National championships as MVP and batting champion. He played for Mr. Lucky’s and then his career took off with Jim Lang’s Whips as he teamed up for many years with his younger brother Jack. He was known for his tremendous power, but also was a great pinch hitter who could cover the entire field with hits. He had exceptional power to right center for a right handed hitter. He threw right-handed. He was a nine time ASA All-American. His Whips teams won six national ASA championships in 10 seasons and four additional titles in the USSSA. He left one season and he led Sportsstation to a crown in ‘87 as MVP and batting champion. He also led his team to major titles as a MYP at Forest Park in ‘83 and the Budweiser World Series in ‘82. He later won a National ASA title with Lettuce in 1992. He was Player of the Year in Chicago Softball in 1978. Him and Paula have 2 daughters. Born in 1952.