Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of every University of Pennsylvania alumni who played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania AND made it to the Major League level.
"A three-sport athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, J. Howard Berry was skilled enough to play baseball and football on the professional level and earn his stripes as a colonel in the United States Marine Corps as well." - Penn Athletic Hall of Fame
Major League Baseball Player Alumni
The University of Pennsylvania's baseball program started in 1875, Doc Bushong was the first former Quacker to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the University of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.
The Quakers have had a long standing tradition in varsity sports and professional athletes (as illustrated above), but only began inducting members into their own Hall of Fame in April 1996. Don "Red" Kellet was the first & only former major leaguer / Quaker inducted in the inaugural class and his citation read as follows:
"One of the greatest all-around athletes in Penn history, Don Kellett won nine varsity letters at Pennsylvania, three each in football, basketball and baseball, during the early 1930s.
He led the football team in scoring as a junior and senior, and played on basketball teams with a combined record of 28-9 during his junior and senior years. He captained the basketball team as a senior. In 1934, he batted .459 for the baseball team, still the all-time highest single-season batting average in Pennsylvania baseball records, and hit eight home runs. He played briefly for the Boston Red Sox in the summer of 1934 following his graduation.
Don Kellett was the winner of the Class of 1915 Award as a senior, which is awarded to that member of the senior class who most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete."
Source: Penn Athletic Hall of Fame
Did you know that there are fifty-three former University of Pennsylvania ballplayers who made it to the majors? Send updates to Baseball Almanac .