Kaline, Al

Albert William Kaline
Born: December 19, 1934, Baltimore, Maryland
Played For: 
Detroit Tigers (1953-1974)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1980

Al Kaline was a model of consistency who excelled with minimum fanfare. Over 22 seasons, the quiet, durable Tigers outfielder accumulated 3,007 hits, 399 home runs, a .297 batting average, 10 Gold Gloves and 18 All-Star team selections. Mr. Tiger won the batting title in 1955, hitting .340 at the age of 20. His reputation as a clutch performer was enhanced by his .379 average against St. Louis in the 1968 World Series.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Detroit Tiger Al Kaline garnered his 3,000th career hit in his hometown of Baltimore on Sept. 24, 1974?
There have been a lot of great defensive players. The fella who could do everything is Al Kaline. He was just the epitome of what a great outfielder is all about -- great speed, catches the ball and throws the ball well.
Brooks Robinson