George Kell

 

*George Clyde Kell (born August 23, 1922 in Swifton, Arkansas) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter 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. George Kell played in the last game at League Park on September 21, 1946.

Kell was a solid hitter and a sure-handed fielder. He batted over .300 nine times and topped the league's third basemen in assists and total chances four times and in fielding percentage seven times. He won his only batting title in 1949 (.343), denying Ted Williams his third Triple Crown; until the final week of the season, Williams had led the batting race. On October 2, 1949, Kell went 2-for-3 while Williams was hitless in two official at bats. Kell's final mark was .3429, Williams's .3427. One year later, Kell batted .340, leading the league with 218 hits and 56 doubles, but lost the batting title to Williams' teammate, Red Sox second baseman Billy Goodman.

In his career, Kell batted .306, with 78 home runs and 870 runs batted in, 881 runs scored, 2054 hits, 385 doubles, 50 triples, 36 stolen bases, a .482 slugging average, and 621 walks for a .367 on base percentage.

George Kell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Highlights

  • 10-time Major League Baseball All-Star Game|All-Star (1947-54, 1956-57)
  • 8-consecutive .300 seasons (1946-53)
  • Led league in batting average (1949)
  • Holds record of the fewest strikeouts for a batting champion (13, 1949)
  • Twice led the league in hits and doubles (1950-51)
  • Hit for the cycle (June 2, 1950)
  • Top 10 in AL MVP vote (1947, 1949, 1950)

 

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George Kell
Third Baseman
Born: August 23, 1922 (1922-08-23) (age 85)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 28, 1943
for the Philadelphia Athletics
Final game
September 14, 1957
for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .306
Hits     2054
Runs batted in     870
Teams
  • Philadelphia Athletics (1943-1946)
  • Detroit Tigers (1946-1952)
  • Boston Red Sox (1952-1954)
  • Chicago White Sox (1954-1956)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1956-1957)
Career highlights and awards
  • Led American League in batting average: 1949 (.343)
  • Led American League in basehits 1950 (218) and 1951 (191)
  • 10-time American League All-Star
  • 8 consecutive .300 seasons
  • 2-time American League hits leader
  • 2-time American League doubles leader
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1983
Election Method     Veteran's Committee