John P. Kelly Named General Manager of Jockeys Guild, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-25


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John P. Kelly Named General Manager of Jockeys Guild ELMONT. L. I.. N. Y., June 23.— John P. Kelly of Chicago has been engaged as general manager of the Jockeys Guild, it was announced today. He will take up his duties next week. Kellys engagement follows the resignation of A. J. "Jack* Cleary several weeks ago. John Swisher, former general manager of the Guild, will be retained in the capacity of field representative. Kelly was graduated from the University of Chicago, where he was captain of the football team in his senior year, 1929. After graduation he was associated with the General Electric Company, and with the Chicago Railroad Equipment Co. He first became interested in racing through his friendship with Howard "Babe" Wells and Duval Headley, and in partnership with the latter operated a business venture in Miami. He is well acquainted with a number of racing people, but has not previously had any official connection with the sport. He entered the U. S. Army in 1942 and received his discharge, with the rank of captain, last April. During his service with the Army he had charge of the athletic and recreation program at Down Field, Bangor, Me., and Langley Field, Hampton, Va.

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