It was a beautiful Sunday in Detroit, but Tiger fans could
nlot believe the dreadful news coming out of Briggs Staium
The Tigers, without any reason and without even asking me,
had tradded everyone’s idol, everyone’s hero, MR. TIGER, him-
self, BARNEY McCOSKEY to the Philadelphia A’s of CONNIE MACK
for, WHO? What was his name again? Barney for him? I’ve never
even heard of nobody named george kell.
57,130 showed up at BRIGGS STADIUM for a double header with the
vaunted RED SOX, but also to boo this new third sacker. A few
boo’s were heard as kell fielded his first grounder. there were
no boo’s at all GEORGE KELL lined a clean single to left in
his at bat wearing the English D as the Tigers lost the opdener
4-0 and KELL ended up going 1-3 with tywo other line driv des. Boo
Fefrris swon his 5th for the Sox. In the second game PRINCE HAL
NEWHOUSER threw a 4 hitter with GREENBERG, WAKEFIELD & OUTLAW
GEORGE KELL went on to become the Tigers HALL-OF-FAME 3rd sacker
hitting for an average of .325, the 5th highest in Tiger history!
He also became one of the mant great voices of the Tigers holding
their mike for 39 years!!~ In 2007 he became a WHEN BASEBALL WAS
FUN lifetime subscriber! In that same year I received the thrill
of my life as I received a five page letter, written in long hand
from Swifton, Arkansas in his own hand GEORGE KELL. In it he wrote
about that day on MAY 15, 1946. And I was proud to answer: “MR.
KELL I WAS THERE”.