George Clyde Kell
(1922 - 2009)

George Clyde Kell

August 23, 1922

March 24, 2009

George Clyde Kell was an American former baseball third baseman who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1943–1946), Detroit Tigers (1947–52), Boston Red Sox (1952–54), Chicago White Sox (1954–56) and Baltimore Orioles (1956–57) in the American League. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was regarded as the best third baseman in the AL.
Kell served ten years on the Arkansas State Highway Commission (1973-83) and owned a car dealership, George Kell Motors, in Newport, Arkansas.
Kell's brother, Everett "Skeeter" Kell, played the 1952 season for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Best-selling author Elmore Leonard in the 1990 anthology Cult Baseball Players wrote that Kell was his favorite player. When the novelist threw out the first pitch at a June 15, 1999, Detroit Tigers game, Leonard wore a No. 21 jersey that was presented to him by the Tigers in an homage to Kell.
Kell died in his hometown of Swifton on March 24, 2009

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George was a fantastic ball player. Rest in peace!
Kevin Riley (fan)
March 24th, 2009
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March 24th, 2009
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