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Today in White Sox History: May 23

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Another future Hall-of-Famer arrives on the South Side, past his prime

Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees
George Kell of the Chicago White Sox swings at the pitch as catcher Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees looks on during an MLB Spring Training game on March 12, 1956 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Set Number: X3618

1954

The White Sox quest to find a competent third baseman appeared to be at an end as GM Frank Lane sent infielder Grady Hatton and $100,000 to Boston for All-Star George Kell. It was the first time the Red Sox had sold a player outright since the Babe Ruth deal more than 25 years earlier.

Kell’s best year for the White Sox was 1955, when he hit .312 with 81 RBIs. However, he had a bad back, which limited his playing time, and he was traded to the Orioles early in 1956 as part of a six-player deal.