The Obit For George Kissell

Longtime Cardinal George Kissell dies following wreck

October 8, 2008 - 8:38AM
Staff, wire report

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Longtime St. Louis Cardinal George Kissell has died after being injured in a traffic wreck in Florida.

Tampa General Hospital spokesman John Dunn confirmed the death Wednesday. It was not immediately known when Kissell died.

Police say Kissell's daughter was driving her parents Monday night when she apparently ran a red light and was struck by another car.

Dunn says the 88-year-old Kissell was transferred to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. His daughter was treated and released.

Kissell's wife was also in the car, but her condition is not known. The driver of the second vehicle had minor injuries.

Kissell had been with the Cardinals organization since 1940. He began his career as a minor league infielder with the team, spending 10 seasons in the minors. He was later a major league coach from 1969 to 1975. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

From 1946 to 1968, Kissell worked as a manager, coach, scout and minor league instructor. He was a coach for the Cardinals from 1969 to 1975 and a special field assistant to former general manager Bing Devine in 1976. Kissell most recently assisted the Cardinals' minor league affiliates and handled instructional duties for the minor leagues during spring training and extended spring training.