George Kell Dies

January 20, 2011

Some sad news now... Local sports fans, and even those who aren't , are mourning the loss of a true great. Jeremy Moss joins us early with that.

George Kell died in his sleep this morning. He was 86 yrs old. Most of you know him as the voice of the Tigers for more than 30yrs.

Prior to that, he was a great athlete... and a fan favorite. Kell played third base for the Tigers from 1946 to 1952. He also played for Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia, Boston, the White Sox and Baltimore.

He left the game in 1957 with an impressive 306 career average. Kell also had 2,054 hits, 385 doubles, and 870 RBI's over 15 seasons.

Kell was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

He became a beloved television broadcaster in the booth for the Tigers from 1959 to 1996. Funeral services will be held Friday at Swifton United Methodist Church. He was living in Swifton, Arkansas, his hometown.

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