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.
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.