Detroit Tigers All-Time All-Stars
By Matt Pelc
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Unlike most guys on this list, George Kell was not a homegrown Detroit Tiger, but he will always be remembered as one of the best players for the franchise on the field and probably the most iconic TV voice of all-time for the team.
Kell came to the Tigers at the prime of his career in the middle of the 1946 season after beginning his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He hit .327 that first year and never looked back. In parts of seven seasons in Detroit, Kell hit below .300 only once (.296 in 1952 before being traded to the Boston Red Sox).
Kell made the All-Star Game every season he was with the Tigers except the first and last and was also very solid defensively.
After bouncing around the American League the rest of his career, he finished up with the Baltimore Orioles and toyed around with broadcasting with the team before coming to the Tigers in the early days of TV in 1959. One year later he convinced his partner from Baltimore broadcasts to come to Detroit. That partner was Ernie Harwell.
No Tigers’ fan who grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s will ever forget that characteristic southern drawl of Kell calling Tigers’ games along with fellow Tigers’ legend Al Kaline.