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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!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 132/660 – #593 – Gene Lamont, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 132/660 – #593 – Gene Lamont, Tigers

Progress: 132/660

Player Name:  Gene Lamont

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  5 seasons, 1970-72, 1974-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Gene Lamont’s final one in the big leagues.  He played in just 4 games for the Tigers in ’75, getting 3 hits in 8 at-bats – good for a .375 batting average.

Notes From Career:   Lamont appeared in 87 games during his 5-year major league career.  He is a lifetime .233 hitter with 37 hits to his credit.  Lamont was primarily used as a back-up catcher and pinch hitter during his time in the league.

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Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 58 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Did You Know…

The last player to hit over .400 during a complete major league baseball season and not win the batting title was Ty Cobb.  In 1922, Cobb hit .401 but he finished in second place for the batting crown to George Sisler’s mark of .420.

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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.

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!!

Did You Know…

During the decade of the 1960’s, only one American League hitter led the majors in batting average.  In 1961, Norm Cash of the Detroit Tigers led all of major league baseball with a .361 batting average.

Norm Cash

Did You Know…

Sam Crawford was the first player in major league history to capture 300 triples.

Sam Crawford

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!!!

Did You Know…

Ty Cobb set the American League record for total bases in a single game with 16.  On May 5, 1925, Cobb connected for 3 home runs, a double, and two singles touching 16 bases in total.

Ty Cobb