The Detroit Tigers Podcast #65: Rebroadcast of a Talk with Hall of Famer George Kell

George_KellWelcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast, the podcast for Tigers fans, by Tigers fans. This is Episode #65, a 26-minute podcast Detroit Tigers recorded in March 2007 from Swifton, Arkansas, and Scottsdale, Arizona U.S.A.

This episode was originally broadcast on March 14, 2007. Listen here.

In it we talk with Hall of Famer and former Tigers TV and radio voice George Kell, who passed away today, March 24, 2009, at the age of 86.

We spoke to Mr. Kell from his home in Swifton, Arkansas.

Here are some of the numbers from George Kell’s 15-year career (1943 to 1957):

  • Played for Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles
  • Career .306 hitter
  • Won the 1949 American League Batting Crown by less than two ten-thousandths of a point over Ted Williams. Kell batted .34291 to Williams’ .34276
  • A 10-time All Star including eight straight between 1947 and 1954. He missed the game in 1955 but was an All Star his final two seasons.
  • Lowest batting average was in his rookie year when he batted .262

Mr. Kell also broadcast Tigers games on radio and TV from 1959 to 1996. He sat out one year, 1964, before returning to the booth.

Listen here.

 

Theme music for the podcast produced by Paul Minshall.


The Detroit Tigers Podcast is not affiliated in any way with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Club or Major League Baseball.

5 Comments

  1. Did Mike mean the podcast originally aired on March 14, 2007 or was it March 14,2009. I think there was a typo but I wasn’t sure. Anyway, Rest in Peace George, you’ll be missed.

  2. George Kell was the best. I remember a series in Texas in 1984 when I got a chance to catch the Tigers during that special year. In the old Rangers ballpark after the TV announcers interviewed the players on the field they (being George Kell and Al Kaline)had to walk up through the stands to get to the broadcast booth. All the fans wanted Kaline’s autograph but almost none of the Dallas fans knew who George Kell was so nobody bothered him at all. But George stuck by Kaline’s side quietly waiting while Al signed and signed and signed. Always a Gentleman.

  3. I too was a big Ernie Harwell fan, but there was always something special about watching the Tigers on TV with George and Al. I miss hearing him say (as I read in the paper today), “…there gonna wave em in…” The passion and excitement with which he spoke those words still ring in my ears today. I tried to find a video or audio clip on the web to no avail. He always seemed to me to be the genuine article.

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