Hello Everybody, I'm George Kell by George Kell, Dan Ewald

By George Kell, Dan Ewald

When 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 journey. From induction into baseball's corridor of reputation to an both complete broadcasting profession, it was once a lovely journey.

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As one of baseball's all-time great clutch hitters, he sure came through in the clutch for me. If I were the only person whose life had been changed so dramatically by George Kell, this anecdote would be unimpressive, Page vii but countless others have also had their lives enriched in so many different ways by this truly remarkable man whose native intellect, appealing reserve and total commitment to Judeo-Christian values is so rare. His return to Swifton may be unfathomable to some, but to those of us who have been long-time ''Kell-watchers", it was as predictable as his regular attendance at the tiny Methodist Church where he was a lay leader, member of the choir and taught a Sunday School class.

Up in the northwest corner of the state are the Boston Mountains. Down toward the west central sector are the Ouachita Mountains. There are hills and valleys all around Little Rock and Hot Springs. Swifton is smack in the northeast section of the state and flatter than a carpenter's rule. It's got some of the most beautiful farm land that God ever created. Anybody visiting Swifton better get used to the mosquitoes, though. They go along with the territory of a well watered-down rice field. There are a variety of cropssoybeans, wheat, corn.

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.

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