Wednesday, October 8, 2008

George Kissell 1920-2008

George Kissell, who has been with the St. Louis Cardinals in some capacity since 1940, has died in Florida in an auto accident at the age of 88.

Kissell was signed by Branch Rickey in 1940 and played in the minors until 1952. He started managing in the minors in 1946, however, and continued to do so for over 20 years before serving as a coach under Red Schoendienst on the big club until 1976. He then returned to the minors and had since been at spring training every year as a general instructor.

Kissell had served longer with the Cardinals constitutes the longest affiliation of one guy with a single club in baseball history. They don't make company men like George Kissell anymore. To read more about him, go here.

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