Tigers Great George Kell Passes Away at 86
Kell, throwing out the first pitch of the '06 ALCS
Kell, throwing out the first pitch of the '06 ALCS
Executive Editor
Posted Mar 24, 2009
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Former Tigers' hall of famer George Kell has passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 86. Kell spent part of seasons with the Tigers as a player, and was a team broadcaster for more than a generation.

George Kell passed away on Tuesday morning in his sleep at his home in Swifton, Arkansas.

The hall-of-famer sported a career .306 average and was a ten-time All Star, including for all five of his full seasons he spent with the Tigers.

Kell, especially to younger generations, is best known for being one of the voices of the Tigers (along with Ernie Harwell). Kell's easy-going country drawl was thought to fit the game well.

Kell also was on hand to call both the Tigers' 1968 and 1984 world championships.


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