George Kell, a Hall of Fame third baseman who outdueled Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title and finished his career with a batting average of .306, died Tuesday morning. He was 86.
Kell played 14 years in the American League with Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Baltimore. He won the AL batting title in 1949 when he hit .34291 and Ted Williams hit .34276. Kell hit more than .300 nine times and was selected to play in 10 All-Star games.
After his playing days, Kell was a Detroit Tigers broadcaster from 1959 to 1996.
One amazing stat - he only struck out 13 times in 1949, the least for any batting champ. Watched many a game with George and Al back in the day; thank you both for bringing me Tiger baseball. The Freep has more here.