George Kell, Baseball Hall of Famer and popular broadcaster dies at age 86
George Kell, Hall of Fame baseball player for the Detroit Tigers among other teams, has died at the age of 86 in his hometown of Swifton, Arkansas according to various broadcast reports. In addition to his successful playing career, Kell was also an immensely popular broadcaster for the Tigers, both on radio and television. That portion of his baseball career lasted 37 years. His most memorable broadcasting work was on TV on Channel 4 during the years he was paired with fellow hall-of-famer Al Kaline in the booth. Kell also partnered with the legendary Ernie Harwell.
Kell's playing career was from 1943-57 and he was with the Tigers from 1946-52. He also played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox and was induced into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He was a career .306 hitter, won the American League batting championship in 1949, and was a 10-time All-Star.
FOX Sports Detroit to re-air 2005 special in memory of George Kell
FOX Sports Detroit joins Tigers fans everywhere in mourning the passing of Hall of Fame third baseman and longtime Tigers broadcaster George Kell.
Tune in Wednesday (7:30 & 10:00 pm) and Sunday (12:30 & 4:00 pm) for an encore presentation of the 2005 half-hour special "FSN Basement: All-Star Edition," featuring interviews with Kell and Al Kaline, each recalling their numerous All-Star Game appearances, special memories of playing for the Tigers and their several years working together in the television booth.
Also, FOX Sports Detroit announcers Mario Impemba and John Keating provided tributes to Kell:
- From Mario Impemba, Tigers play-by-play announcer, FOX Sports Detroit: "Growing up in Detroit, Mr. Kell had a big impact on my desire to become a broadcaster. He had a unique voice that featured a smooth southern charm. People knew they were watching Tigers baseball when they heard George's voice every summer."
- From John Keating, TIGERS LIVE host, FOX Sports Detroit: "One of the highlights of my broadcasting career was our trip to interview George at his home in Swifton, Arkansas.... just to talk baseball and his place in Detroit's sporting history. He was gracious and warm to those of us who were still involved with the Tigers. He still watched every Tigers game and enjoyed it with no regrets about stepping away from the broadcast booth. To those of us who grew up with George and Al and Ernie and Paul Carey, they shaped the standard for broadcasting sports in our town. It is less of a 'bright and sunshiny day' in Michigan."
WDET's Town Hall Meeting with Robert Bobb scheduled for tomorrow,
Wednesday, March 25, 2009, has been canceled due to a personal emergency. Mr. Bobb asked WDET to reschedule the Town Hall Meeting to a later date, but is still expected to take place at the Community Arts Auditorium of Wayne State University, as previously planned. Listen to 101.9 WDET for information about the new date of the Town Hall Meeting with Robert Bobb and check back to www.wdet.org for updated details.