Welcome 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.
Theme music for the podcast produced by Paul Minshall.
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