Kaline's No. 6 was first to be retired by Tigers
“He’s the best player who ever played for me,” said his former manager Chuck Dressen. “Jackie Robinson was the most exciting runner I ever had and Hank Aaron the best hitter, but for all-around ability – hitting, fielding, running and throwing – I’ll go with Al.”
Despite all the accolades, the ever modest Kaline respectfully disagreed with his former skipper’s claim.
“I’ve always had a saying that, if you weren’t the best, what’s the difference whether you’re number two or number 30 or number 500?” Kaline said. “And I was never the best. I was never the worst. I was far from being the worst but I was a lot closer to being the best than I was the worst.”
Connor O’Gara was a public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development