Arkansas post office to bear George Kell’s name

Dana Wakiji
FOX Sports Detroit

Tigers Hall of Famer George Kell will soon have his very own post office. 

There will be a ceremony this Thursday to dedicate the Swifton (Ark.) Post Office as the George Kell Post Office Building.

U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry will attend the ceremony, which is open to all Swifton residents.

“The ‘George Kell Post Office’ will be a fitting tribute to a man who was not only a fantastic athlete but who also made great contributions to Swifton and the state,” Lincoln said in a statement. “As Arkansans, we are proud to call him one of our own.”

Kell, who played for the Athletics, Red Sox, White Sox and Orioles in addition to the Tigers, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

In Detroit, Kell is also known for a distinguished broadcasting career. He was a Tigers broadcaster from 1959-96. He died in March 2009 at the age of 86.

“I look forward to honoring George Kell, a native Swifton resident that not only showed great passion and success in his baseball career, but also in his continued support for Arkansas through his community leadership,” Berry said in a statement.

Aug. 23, 2010