Tuesday, March 24, 2009

George Kell passes away

Today is a sad day for Tigers fans as the beloved George kell passed away at age 86. Kell's connection to the Tigers spanned six decades starting in 1946 and continuing as a broadcaster on both radio and television from 1959 to 1996.

Kell played 15 years (1943-1957) for five Major League teams including the Tigers from 1946-1952. He was a lifetime .306 hitter and a ten time all-star. he had some of his best years with the Tigers including 1949 when he batted a league leading .343. He led the league in both hits and doubles in 1950 and 1951.

Detroit fans remember him best as a broadcaster who spanned generations of Tigers fans. As a Massachusetts fan, I unfortunately did not get to hear him broadcast games. My link to the Tigers was Ernie Harwell. Those who did hear Kell have fond memories:

Billfer
Ian
Michael interviewed him two years ago

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