Al Kaline

Al Kaline’s final game was in 1974.  With over a generation of baseball fans never seeing “Mr. Tiger” play, some fans might not be familiar with the Hall of Famer.

In advance of his appearance at Dodd Stadium on Monday August 8th, we wanted to give fans some information on the Right Fielder:

  • born December 19, 1934

As a rookie outfielder in July 1953. (AP Photo)

  • made his Major League debut June 25, 1953
  • was the 1955 AL Batting Champion (.340)

Greeting teammate Jim Northrup after Northrup hit a grand slam in the third inning of Game 6 of the 1968 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  October 9, 1968.  (AP Photo/File)

  • batted .379 in the 1968 World Series, won by the Tigers in 7 games

Al Kaline became the 12th member of the 3,000-hit club on Sept. 24, 1974, with a double off Dave McNally at Memorial Stadium. Kaline was the first American Leaguer to reach the milestone in 49 years. (Photographed by: Lane Stewart/SI)

  • got his 3,000th career hit in his hometown of Baltimore on Sept. 24, 1974
  • 15 time AllStar

Spring Training, March 4, 1965. (AP Photo)

  • 10-time Gold Glove Winner
  • hit 399 Home Runs
  • had his uniform number 6 retired by the Tigers on August 17, 1980, the first Tiger ever to receive this honor

       (Photo: Baseball Hall of Fame)
  • elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980 by the BBWAA, his first year of eligibility.

Posing along with George Kell in their broadcast booth on July 3, 1979 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. (AP Photo)

  • spent 26 seasons providing color commentary for Tigers television broadcasts (1975-2002)

Throwing out a first pitch before a 2011 Spring Training game, just like he will do before the Connecticut Tigers game on August 8th.  Catching the ceremonial first pitch that day will be his grandson and Tigers Infielder, Colin Kaline. (AP Photo)

  • now works in the front office for a sixth year as a special assistant and advisor to the Tigers’ senior management
  • has been in the Tigers’ organization for 55 years


Visitors to Comerica Park look at statues of former Detroit Tiger greats, from front to back, Al Kaline, Hal Newhouser, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg and Ty Cobb (Paul Warner: AP)

  • has a statue in his honor at ComericaPark

To purchase tickets for the game click here or call (860) 887-7962.

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