George Kell, a two-time American League batting champion, and Walter Alston, who managed the Dodgers for 23 years and won four world championships, were elected yesterday to baseball's Hall of Fame by an 18-man special committee on veterans.
They will be inducted into the hall, in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 31 along with Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal, who were elected in January by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Kell played for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox from 1943 through 1957. He was an excellent defensive third baseman and had a .306 lifetime batting average..
Alston led the Brooklyn version of the Dodgers to their only world championship in 1955 and a pennant in 1956 before the team moved to Los Angeles, where he led it to World Series victories in 1959, 1963 and 1965 . . .
Eddie Murray had three hits and drove in two runs as the Baltimore Orioles defeated Texas, 11-6, in an exhibition game last night in Miami . . .
Doctors in San Diego removed a "couple of fragments of cartilage" from Garry Templeton's left knee and the Padres' star shortstop is expected to be sidelined for about three weeks . . .Ron LeFlore will not be prosecuted for alleged child neglect following the death of his 6-week-old son in January, the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune reported. LeFlore's son, John Christopher, died of sudden infant death syndrome, leading to allegations that he and his wife had not checked on the baby for 12 hours, a charge LeFlore vehemently denied Wednesday, the newspaper said.
Assistant State's Attorney (Fla.) Doug Spangler told the newspaper that LeFlore and his wife Sara had agreed to seek counseling.