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George KellHall of Famer George Kell dies.

Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell died Tuesday morning. He was 86 years old.

According to Arkansas television station KAIT, Kell died in his sleep in Swifton, Arkansas.

Kell was a career .306 hitter in 15 big league seasons from 1943-57 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

A 10-time All-Star, Kell led the American League in batting in 1949 with the Tigers, edging Ted Williams to deny the Boston slugger his third Triple Crown. He also led AL third basemen in fielding percentage seven times.

Kell, elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1983, played in 1,795 games and hit just 78 homers. He drove in 870 runs, scored 881 runs and finished with 2,054 hits.

After his playing career, Kell embarked on a long broadcasting career that spanned 40 years from 1957 through 1996. He was the voice of the Tigers from 1959 until his retirement in 1996.

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