Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 1, 2008




Former Tigers third baseman George Kell is already in the Hall of Fame as a player. Starting Sept. 1, Tigers fans will have another chance to try to help him garner some recognition as a broadcaster. Fan balloting has begun for this year's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, and several current and former Tigers voices are among the names on this year's ballot. One of the longest-serving among them is Kell, whose 15-year playing career -- including seven seasons in Detroit -- set up his 37 years as a Tigers broadcaster, a tenure that lasted into the mid-'90s. Kell's broadcasting career actually began while he was still a player, as he took part in Orioles broadcasts while he was injured in 1957. A full-time career behind the microphone brought him back to Detroit in 1959, seven years after his final season in a Tigers uniform. From there, he called all but one season through 1996 as a play-by-play man, teaming up with analysts such as fellow Hall of Famer Al Kaline. Kell's broadcast career, combined with his Hall of Fame playing career, has made him a Detroit institution... Kell, others in running for Frick Award (Mon, 9/1)







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on September 1, 2008 11:27 AM.

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