Al Kaline

Birthdate 12/19/1934
Death Date 4/6/2020
Debut Year 1953
Year of Induction 1980
Teams Tigers
Positions First Base, Right Field

Al Kaline spent his entire 22-year playing career with the Detroit Tigers. He made 18 All Star games and won ten Gold Glove Awards.

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In his MLB debut 18-year old Al Kaline was a defensive replacement for Jim Delsing

In his MLB debut 18-year old Al Kaline was a defensive replacement for Jim Delsing

Al Kaline was just 18 years old when he played his first big league game. His debut came on June 25, 1953 as a defensive replacement for Tiger centerfielder Jim Delsing. A 10-year MLB veteran, Delsing was also involved in one of the most outlandish moments in big league history. On August 19, 1951 t
Al Kaline was just 20 years old when he won the batting crown in 1955

Al Kaline was just 20 years old when he won the batting crown in 1955

“Kaline becomes youngest bat champ,” proclaims this 1959 Topps card. The Detroit right fielder was just 20 years old when he finished the 1955 season with 200 hits and a .340 batting average. Kaline was just 20 years old at season’s end. Though his average never reached that height
Kaline finished in the top three in batting average six times

Kaline finished in the top three in batting average six times

Al Kaline batted .288 in 1966, seemingly a pedestrian season for the Hall of Famer. The mark however was the third highest in the American League that season, trailing only Frank Robinson (.316) and Tony Oliva (.307). Winner of the 1955 batting crown, Kaline finished in the top 10 of the league 11 times and the top three six times.
Kaline and the Tigers won it all in 1968; in '71 the Tigers won 91 games

Kaline and the Tigers won it all in 1968; in '71 the Tigers won 91 games

In the collection is this limited edition Upper Deck collectors series tribute to the 1971 Tigers signed by Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Bill Freehan, and Willie Horton. All four players were on the Tigers 1968 championship team and the 1971 team that won 91 games. In ’68, Kaline failed to make
The Tiger great made his 18th All Star team in 1974, his final big league season

The Tiger great made his 18th All Star team in 1974, his final big league season

By 1974 Al Kaline’s career was winding down. Though he made the All Star team for the 18th and final time, the ’74 season would be his last. In the collection is this endorsement questionnaire in which Kaline is asked to identify all of the companies that employ him to sell their product
Only Yaz and Brooks Robinson played more seasons with one team

Only Yaz and Brooks Robinson played more seasons with one team

Al Kaline finished his career with 3,007 base hits. Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken surpassed that total on April 25, 2000 thanks to a single off Mike Sirotka of the White Sox. Shown here is the manager’s lineup card from that day filled out and signed by Oriole skipper Mike Hargrove. The game was played at Comiskey Park II and with just 11,658 fans

3 responses to “Al Kaline”

  1. Glen Barnes says:

    A class act and a great role model for players today. He also was a a GREAT player!

  2. RICK POLLOM says:

    He is my favorite Tiger of all time.

  3. Wayne Reardon says:

    Traded to Cleveland for Rocky Colavito. Rocky traded by Trader Lane as he was called

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