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Pat Kelly, All-Star outfielder, minister

BALTIMORE -- Former All-Star outfielder Pat Kelly, who played for five teams during a 15-year major league career, died Sunday at a hospital in Chambersburg, Pa., after a heart attack. He was 61.

Mr. Kelly was selected to play in the 1973 All-Star game during a season in which he hit .280 in a career-high 144 games with the Chicago White Sox. He played in the World Series as a member of the 1979 Baltimore Orioles.

He was a minister with Lifeline Ministries in Maryland after his retirement.

Born in Philadelphia as Harold Patrick Kelly, the fleet-footed outfielder was 23 when he played his first game with the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 6, 1967. He participated in 20 games over two seasons with Minnesota before spending two years with the Kansas City Royals.

He played for the White Sox from 1971 to 1976 and the Orioles from 1977 to 1980 before closing out his career with 48 games for Cleveland in 1981.

Mr. Kelly hit .264 with 76 homers, 418 RBIs, and 250 stolen bases in 1,385 games.

Mr. Kelly was known as much for his religious conviction as his left-handed swing. He often enjoyed retelling this exchange between Mr. Kelly and Earl Weaver, his fiery Orioles manager.

''Skip, don't you want me to walk with the Lord?" Mr. Kelly asked.

To which Weaver replied, ''I'd rather you walk with the bases loaded."

Mr. Kelly was influential in the Orioles' clubhouse, despite occasional wisecracks about his devout religious demeanor.

''I got saved in 1978 through his influence," Scott McGregor, a onetime pitching star who now coaches the Frederick Keys, told the Baltimore Sun.

''I guess we had about 15 guys in the group, and every Sunday we'd have chapel for about 20 minutes in the weight room at Memorial Stadium," McGregor said.

''Pat has traveled all over the world to preach to people, rich or poor, who want to hear about his love for Jesus Christ," his wife, Phyllis, told the Sun.

''Pat was such an asset to the community," said the Rev. Joseph C. Ehrmann, the former Colts linebacker who is now pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Baltimore.

''He was a charismatic preacher whose message came from his own life, and he wanted people to know that he walked with God," Ehrmann said.

Among Mr. Kelly's survivors is his brother, Leroy, the former Cleveland Browns running back and member of the Football Hall of Fame.

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