Hall of Famer George Kell Dead at 86

.306 career hitter won AL batting title in 1949
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 12:41 PM CDT
Hall of Famer George Kell Dead at 86
In this 1979 file photo, broadcasters Al Kaline, left, and George Kell, right, pose in their broadcast booth at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.    (AP Photo)

Baseball Hall of Famer and broadcaster George Kell died in his sleep this morning in Arkansas, MLB.com reports; he was 86. He batted .306 during 15 seasons in the 1940s and ‘50s, winning the American League batting crown in 1949. The 10-time All-Star, whose stops included Detroit, Boston, and Baltimore was considered one of the era’s top third basemen.

“He had a very laid-back style,” Ernie Harwell, a former broadcasting colleague in Detroit, told WWJ-AM. “He was easygoing and an expert on the game. He brought the field to the booth because he played and played well. He had a conversational style that people took to.” (Read more baseball stories.)

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