Gene Kelly

Class of 1941

Gene Kelly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and after graduating from Marshall, began a career in sports announcing. He started as a radio sportscaster and general manager of WXLW in Indianapolis in 1946. He served as the Philadelphia Phillies play-by-play radio announcer from 1950 to 1960. He moved to the Cincinnati Reds’ broadcast booth in 1960 and on to the St. Louis (football) Cardinals in 1964. He became sportscaster and ports director for Channel 48 Television, Philadelphia, in 1965. During his career, Kelly did television and radio announcing for the Indianapolis 500 automobile race, Big Ten, Notre Dame and Ivy League football games and the Philadelphia Warriors basketball games. He was a minor league pitcher, but arm trouble hampered his progress beyond Class C.