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Hall of Famer, Former Philly A's Player Dies

Kell beat Ted Williams for 1949 batting title



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    George Kell was traded to the Detroit Tigers during the 1946 season.

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Hall of Fame third baseman and longtime broadcaster George Kell has died at 86.

    The former Philadelphia Athletic died Tuesday, said a funeral home in Newport, Ark.

    Kell made his Major-League debut in 1943 for the A's. He played with the A's until being traded to Detroit in May 1946.

    Kell made a name for himself while playing for the Tigers in the late 1940's. He outdueled Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title, hitting .3429 while Williams finished at .3428.

    Kell played 14 years in the AL with Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Baltimore. He hit more than .300 nine times and had a career average of .306.

    He was selected to play in 10 All-Star games.

    He was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1983 after being elected by the Veteran's Committee.

    After his playing days, Kell was a Detroit Tigers broadcaster from 1959 to 1996.