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Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Al Kaline turns 79 years old today.

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.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kaline!!

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Al Kaline turns 78 years old today.

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.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kaline!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #3 Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #3 Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #3 – Al Kaline

Career Day – October 7, 1968.  Kaline goes 2-for-4 in Game 5 of the World Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.  Kaline hit a bases loaded single in to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead and eventual win.  The Tigers took that momentum and went on to win the next three games and capture the 1968 World Series crown.

Progress – 3/25

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!!!

Al Kaline 2001 Topps Archives

Al Kaline 2001 Topps Archives

While this card comes from the 2001 Topps Archives baseball card set, it is a reprint of the 1974 Topps design.

1974 was Kaline’s final major league season in his 22-year career.  And the numbers he posted, at the age of 39, were still pretty solid – 146 hits, 71 runs scored, 64 RBI, 28 doubles, 13 home runs, and 2 stolen bases.

Of the 2,834 games that Kaline played in, he only played 135 at first base – Still, it is cool that Topps found a good photo to use of Mr. Kaline at that position.

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Al Kaline turns 77 years old today.

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.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kaline!!

Happy Anniversary Al Kaline!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Kaline!!!

On this day in 1995, 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!!!

 

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Happy Birthday Al Kaline!!!

Al Kaline turns 76 years old today.

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. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Kaline!!

Did You Know…

At age 20, Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers became the youngest player ever to win a batting title by hitting .340 in 1955.

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** factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Personal note – I am shocked that in the last 30 years that no hitter has come close to this feat.  In the ‘age of the hitter’, it’s surprising that a record like this would still be standing.