Hall of Famer Kell dead at 86
George Kell, the Hall of Fame third baseman who edged Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title and became a Detroit Tigers broadcaster for nearly 40 years, died Tuesday. He was 86.
Jackson’s Funeral Home in Newport, Ark., confirmed the death but did not give a cause. The Hall of Fame said he died in his sleep at his home in Swifton, Ark. Kell was severely injured in a car crash in 2004 but was able to walk with a cane about six months later.
Kell outlasted Williams for the 1949 batting crown, hitting .34291 while the Boston Red Sox great finished at .34276. Kell played 15 seasons in the A.L., hitting more than .300 nine times and compiling a career average of .306. He was a 10-time All-Star.
“There’s no one who loved and respected the game more than George,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. “Not only was he one of baseball’s true legends, but he was a fan, too.”
Kell played from 1943-1957 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles. He batted better than .300 each year from 1946-53.
After he retired, Kell broadcast Tigers games from 1959 to 1996 – every year except 1964.
Scott new Pac-10 commissioner
Larry Scott is resigning after six years as chief executive of the women’s professional tennis tour to become the commissioner of the Pac-10 conference, replacing Tom Hansen, who is retiring.
Scott became the CEO of the WTA in 2003, after having been ATP chief operating officer and president of ATP Properties. Under his watch, the WTA pushed for – and got – equal prize money for women at Wimbledon and the French Open.
Calling all summer camps
The Spokesman-Review is again putting together a summer camp guide, which will appear in the paper on April 15. And this year, we’re asking two things from our readers:
•If you have a camp that you would like listed, please send the information to summercamps@spokesman. com; fax to (509) 459-5098; or mail to Summer Camp Guide, The Spokesman- Review, 999 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. Include a description of the camp, location, dates, times, recommended ages, cost and contact information.
•If you ever went to summer camp, we’d like to hear your favorite memory – good or bad, whether you’re an adult or a kid. Send to the same addresses listed above. We’ll print as many responses as we can in the camp guide.
All submissions must be received by the end of business Tuesday.
Questions? Call (509) 459-5485.