Hall of Fame third baseman Kell dies

NEW YORK Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:03pm EDT

George Kell (C) along with Ernie Harwell (L)and Al Kaline(R)wait for the applause to stop as the are honored at Tiger Stadium September 24, 1999. Kell died Tuesday at his home in Swifton, Arkansas. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

George Kell (C) along with Ernie Harwell (L)and Al Kaline(R)wait for the applause to stop as the are honored at Tiger Stadium September 24, 1999. Kell died Tuesday at his home in Swifton, Arkansas.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell died Tuesday at his home in Swifton, Arkansas. He was 86.

Kell, a 10-time All-Star and a Detroit Tigers broadcaster for 37 years after his playing days, died in his sleep, the Baseball Hall of Fame said in a statement.

"There's no one who loved and respected the game more than George," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "Not only was he one of baseball's true legends, he was a fan too."

Kell played for the Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles during his 15-year career that ended in 1957.

A career .306 hitter, Kell was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington, Editing by Justin Palmer)

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