Al Kaline

Birthdate12/19/1934
Death Date4/6/2020
Debut Year1953
Year of Induction1980
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 the collection:

Manager's lineup card from 4/25/2000 when Cal Ripken passed Al Kaline on the all-time hits list

Manager's lineup card from 4/25/2000 when Cal Ripken passed Al Kaline on the all-time hits list

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 filled out and signed by Oriole skipper Mike Hargrove.  The game was playe
Endorsement questionnaire filled out by Al Kaline in 1974

Endorsement questionnaire filled out by Al Kaline in 1974

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 products. Kaline responds to the affirmative in only two categories, endorsing Wilson Sporting Goods, and Ford
Frank Robinson, Oliva, & Kaline are 1,2,3 in the 1966 batting race

Frank Robinson, Oliva, & Kaline are 1,2,3 in the 1966 batting race

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). It was the only batting championship of Robinson’s career, part of his magical 1966 season in which he won the Triple Crown, AL MVP, and World Series MVP.
1959 Topps card signed by Al Kaline, the youngest batting champ

1959 Topps card signed by Al Kaline, the youngest batting champ

“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. Though he would never hit that high again, he did produce eight more .300+ campaigns. By the tim
Al Kaline autograph with those of Lolich, Freehan, and Horton.

Al Kaline autograph with those of Lolich, Freehan, and Horton.

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 All Star team after 13 straight appearances;

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