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1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

On this day in 1955, Detroit’s Al Kaline won the American League batting title becoming the youngest player in major league history to do so.

At the age of twenty, and in his third big league season, Kaline hit .340 as he collected 200 hits in 588 at-bats.  He also led the American League in hits that year, and in total bases as well with 321.

His efforts from the 1955 season were handsomely rewarded – 2nd place in the MVP voting and an All-Star selection!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Kaline!!!

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2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Al Kaline

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Al Kaline

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Al Kaline from the set:

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Kaline spent 22 years in the major leagues, and he called Tiger Stadium home for the duration of that time.  A 15-time All-Star with the club, Kaline was on par with the game’s greatest talents from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The member of the 1980 Baseball Hall of Fame class, Kaline collected 3,007 hits during his career along with 1,622 runs scored, 1,583 RBI, 399 home runs, and 137 stolen bases.  He won 10 Gold Gloves for his excellent play in the outfield as well.  Never an MVP, he did finish in the Top 10 on 9 separate occasions.

Kaline was the offensive leader of the Tigers team that won the 1968 World Series.  In 7 games, he hit .379 while connecting for 11 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs.

1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

On this day in 1955, Detroit’s Al Kaline won the American League batting title becoming the youngest player in major league history to do so.

At the age of twenty, and in his third big league season, Kaline hit .340 as he collected 200 hits in 588 at-bats.  He also led the American League in hits that year, and in total bases as well with 321.

His efforts from the 1955 season were handsomely rewarded – 2nd place in the MVP voting and an All-Star selection!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Kaline!!!

1968 Topps Game – Al Kaline

1968 Topps Game – Al Kaline

Back when the Detroit Tigers were a more meaningful and powerful franchise, they were led by the sensational Al Kaline.

Kaline spent 22 years in the major leagues, and he called Tiger Stadium home for the duration of that time.  A 15-time All-Star with the club, Kaline was on par with the game’s greatest talents from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The member of the 1980 Baseball Hall of Fame class, Kaline collected 3,007 hits during his career along with 1,622 runs scored, 1,583 RBI, 399 home runs, and 137 stolen bases.  He won 10 Gold Gloves for his excellent play in the outfield as well.  Never an MVP, he did finish in the Top 10 on 9 separate occasions.

Kaline was the offensive leader of the Tigers team that won the 1968 World Series.  In 7 games, he hit .379 while connecting for 11 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs.

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My First Time – Al Kaline – June 25, 1953

My First Time – Al Kaline – June 25, 1953

The setting – Shibe Park.  Philadelphia, PA.

From Kaline – ‘I got to the game just in time to take batting practice, outfield practice, and they had me stay and watch the game from the dugout.  During the seventh inning, Fred Hutchinson tuns to me and says ‘Okay kid, grab a bat, you’re in’.  He didn’t even know my name; he just told me to get in there and hit’.

The Box Score – A’s 5, Tigers 2

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

I collect signed baseballs.  Currently my collections sits comfortably at 53, and I have a few more in the works that will get me 2-3 more within the next 30-45 days.  I hope that by the end of the year I will have hit or surpassed the 60-mark.

So, I thought it would be fun to do a few posts in my ‘Top Ten’ series that related to the balls that I would like to add.

This is the first post of the series, and I think I can get two more out for your reading pleasure over the next couple of weeks.

So, while I know that I would love to add signed baseballs of some of the most famous Hall of Famers in the history of the sport, I am also a realist.  At the same time, I am also somewhat of a thrifty collector so I don’t have my heart set on adding balls to my collection that would cost me a few Benjamin Franklins.  Instead, I opt to crave the guys that I love.

With all of that being said, you will not find Ty Cobb, or Babe Ruth or Cy Young on this list.  Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Yogi Berra don’t make the cut either.

So, here we go.  These are the Hall of Famers that I want.  And the ones that I can most likely afford….

Honorable mention – Carlton Fisk, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Jim Rice, Al Kaline, Bruce Sutter, and Lou Brock.

10B – Mike Schmidt.

10A- Dennis Eckersley.

9 – Eddie Murray.

8 – Tom Seaver.

7 – Wade Boggs.

6 – Tony Gwynn.

5 – Rod Carew.

4 – Rickey Henderson.

3 – Willie McCovey.

2 – Cal Rikpen Jr.

1 – Nolan Ryan.

There you have it.

10 11 guys that I would love to add to my collection.  And with a little luck and a Andrew Jacksons by my side I am hoping that some of these can become a reality sometime in the near future.

12 Autograph Requests Have Been Mailed!!!

I am very eager to see how this goes.  This morning I dropped off 12 envelopes for 11 baseball players and 1 Olympic hero.  I’m sending these autograph requests to Hall of Famers, All-stars, Sentimental favorites, and heroes of my childhood.

The guys – Mike Lowell, Mike Mussina, Pete Rose, Duke Snider, Stan Musial, Bruce Jenner, Bobby Doerr, Sparky Anderson, Mike Cameron, Al Kaline, Josh Hamilton, and Ron Santo.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how this pursuit goes…  Any guesses on who will be the first one back to my house with a successful signature???

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