|Hall of Famer George Kell was a big American League star in the late '40's - early '50's. In 1949, Kell led the league in batting, .3429 and his leadership helped the Tigers go 87-67, 3rd best in the AL. Here's the story of Kell's '49 season from 'Who's Who Magazine' 1950 Edition:
'George Kell, B & T right, Ht 5:09; Wt 180 - The '49 batting champ of the AL, is also called the best third baseman. He's the sparkplug of the team, does everything well, and is the toast of Tiger fans.'
In 1950, the Tigers moved up to 2nd place, only three games out of first, with an outstanding record of 95-59. George Kell had another great year and in the 1951 Edition of 'Who's Who', under a photo of Kell swinging a bat the magazine wrote:
'The third-base-man topped the Tigers in hitting last year. The first major leaguer to make 100 hits in '50, he ended with 218, the top score. Probably the highest paid Tiger this year.' Baseballhistorian.com Archives Books (Green Boxes)