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George Kell

George Clyde Kell

Born: 8/23/1922 in Swifton, AR USA
Died: 3/24/2009 in Swifton, AK USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 5.8   Weight: 175 lb.
George Kell of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1946 — 1952

1983 Baseball Hall of Fame
Detroit Tigers jersey #7

PRIMARY POSITION

3B

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#38   Billy Rogell
#39   George Kell
#40   Tony Phillips
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

A true gentleman, George Kell was one of the most liked and well-respected people in the game of baseball during his playing days and subsequent career as a broadcaster.

Kell won the 1949 American League batting on the final day of the season by the slimmest margin in history, edging Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. Kell hit over .300 for his 15-year career, spent entirely in the AL, though he wore the uniform of five different teams.

Kell was considered to be the best defensive third baseman in the AL in the 1950s, and not until Brooks Robinson arrived was there anyone in that circuit who achieved a better reputation for play at the hot corner.

Kell maintained a home in his birthplace (Swifton, Arkansas) until his dying day. His younger brother "Skeeter" Webb also played major league baseball briefly.

Kell teamed with first Ernie Harwell and later Al Kaline in his career as a popular radio and television broadcaster with the Detroit Tigers. In fact, it was Kell who recommended Harwell to the Tigers.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1943PHAAL1511010100000.2000.2000.600000
1944PHAAL139514511381530445222230.2680.3000.30928119
1945PHAAL147567501543034562027150.2720.3060.3561317
1946PHAAL268732661011001060.2990.3780.391112
1946DETAL105434671421994413230140.3270.3710.44011013
1947DETAL1525887518829559391161160.3200.3870.41213310
1948DETAL92368471122432442233150.3040.3690.4021058
1949DETAL134522971793893597571130.3430.4240.46717316
1950DETAL15764111421856681013366180.3400.4030.48423116
1951DETAL1475989219136325910361180.3190.3860.40013411
1952DETAL391521145801170115130.2960.3590.368204
1952BOSAL7527641881526400131100.3190.3900.4531114
1953BOSAL1344606814141212735252220.3070.3830.4831053
1954BOSAL2693152430010001530.2580.3610.2902010
1954CHWAL7123325661005481118120.2830.3230.3915019
1955CHWAL128429441342418812251360.3120.3890.429761352
1956CHWAL21807255011100860.3130.3710.41330210
1956BALAL10234545901728370125310.2610.3130.391831243
1957BALAL993102892909442025160.2970.3520.413112712

Totals179567028812054385507887051366212870.3060.3670.41418836149207
Per 162162605801853557795356261731321
DET82633035031075210352541434273371070.3250.3910.43389167800

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
6 Hits9201946DETAL
Cycle621950DETAL

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1964BBWAAPlayer3316.4
1966BBWAAPlayer299.6
1967BBWAAPlayer4013.7
1968BBWAAPlayer4716.6
1969BBWAAPlayer6017.6
1970BBWAAPlayer9030.0
1971BBWAAPlayer10529.2
1972BBWAAPlayer11529.0
1973BBWAAPlayer11430.0
1974BBWAAPlayer9425.8
1975BBWAAPlayer11431.5
1976BBWAAPlayer12933.2
1977BBWAAPlayer14136.8
1983VeteransPlayer
75% needed for election by the BBWAA