Patrick G. Kelly has been established as one of the best softball players at the local, provincial and national level from Newfoundland and Labrador. The All Star first baseman and pitcher competed for 16 years gaining numerous personal and team successes throughout.
Pat attended ten Senior National Men’s Championships representing Newfoundland and Labrador and was named All-Star first baseman in 1976. He pitched the first no hitter by team NL in a National Senior Men’s championship in 1975 and was inducted into the St. John’s Softball Hall of Fame. With his team, Pat won the 1988 Eastern Canadian Senior Men’s “B” Championship and has won ten Provincial Championships at both the junior and senior level, while also winning four MVP awards and three Batting Titles throughout.
Locally, between 1974 and 1981, Pat achieved nine individual awards including a batting crown, earned run average title and All-Star pitcher. Pat Kelly is described as a gifted athlete, with outstanding talent and ability. He supported these qualities with impressive personal confidence and an extremely powerful desire to succeed. And, succeed he did, at every level of competition in which he was involved.
Always willing to make sacrifices and equally willing to learn and improve, he ranked highly with any softball player ever developed in Newfoundland and Labrador and earned exceptional personal respect nationally.
Pat Kelly was simply a great softball player, when he was pitching or when he was hitting. His leadership qualities and determined character were other assets that were extremely beneficial to his career and to any team of which he was a member. Growing up in the exceptional softball atmosphere of Fox Harbour, Placentia Bay, he quickly developed the talent and character that would earn him a place among the athletic elite of the province.