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