Swifton's Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hospitalized in Little Rock After Wreck

DECEMBER 30, 2004 - Posted at 9:06 a.m. CST

SWIFTON, AR - Baseball Hall-of-Famer George Kell of Swifton is listed in stable condition at a Little Rock hospital after he was involved in a traffic accident the day before.

The 82-year-old Kell was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer Tuesday on U.S. 67 near Campbell Station, north of Newport.  He was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to a Little Rock hospital.

After a 15-year career with American League teams, the 1949 American League batting champion and ten-time All-Star was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1983.

Kell played with five teams over the course of his major league career, beginning with the Philadelphia Athletics and then moving to the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox before ending with the Baltimore Orioles.

Once his physical talents could no longer help him on the diamond, he turned to his vocal gifts from 1959 to 1996 as a member of the Tigers' broadcast team.  His voice became nationally recognized and is now legend in the game of baseball.

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