By George Kell, Dan Ewald
Whilst George Kell broke in with the previous Philadelphia Athletics again in 1943, by no means did he dream he had simply launched into a 53-year significant league experience. From induction into baseball's corridor of popularity to an both comprehensive broadcasting occupation, it used to be a lovely trip.
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But they do remember their daddy was gone from home a long time. They and my grandchildren live only 20 and 30 miles from Swifton. We are very close as a family. Terrie has taken her mother's placehostess at Christmas time. , a gourmet cook, entertains all the family at Thanksgiving. To Carolyn, my wife of four years, who came into my life at the right time. She is truly family. My children love her. They encourage the romance and the marriage. I don't want to forget my lone brother, Skeeter, who played in the major leagues for a short time.
Daddy was a barber and also was a pitcher on what was called the Swifton Town Team. They played various other town teams around the area. The Swifton team would hire daddy to come to town from Imboden to pitch once or twice a week. Daddy was good. He was the best pitcher in the whole area and became the star of the team. Finally one day, the leaders of the team propositioned him. ''Mr. Kell, if you will move to Swifton, we'll buy you a barber shop and put you into business here," they said. " This was around 1920.
That kind of pay was unheard of. When I had left Swifton, the same kind of work paid $1 an hour. I went with Al to fill out all the papers and was hired on the spot. When I returned to the hotel, Charlene already had left a message. "You're a ball player," she said. "You're not going to work in a factory. " At the time, Charlene had more confidence in me than I did. I caught a break, though, because the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) team was coming to Durham for a series. Lancaster was affiliated with the Philadelphia Athletics, and according to Dodger scout Andy High, Lancaster needed a second baseman badly.
Hello Everybody, I'm George Kell by George Kell, Dan Ewald