By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
A baseball legend passed away on Monday. In fact, he is considered Mr. Tiger.
Al Kaline was 85. An official cause of death has not been announced yet.
“Many of us, who are fortunate enough to work in Baseball have our short-lists of the players, who mean the most to us,” MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said. “Al Kaline was one of those players for me and countless others, making this a very sad day for our sport. A lifelong Tiger, Al was a true gentleman and one of the National Pastime’s most universally respected figures. I appreciated his friendship, humility, and the example that he always set for others since he debuted as an 18-year-old rookie.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Al’s wife, Louise, their family, and friends, his admirers, and the generations of Tiger fans, who looked up to him.”
Kaline passed away in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
During his Hall of Fame baseball career, he was an 18-time All-Star, who also was a 10-tme Gold Glove winner. He also the battling title winner once during the 1955 season when he had a career-high .340 batting average.
He was also a member of the Tigers team that won the 1968 World Series.
Kaline played for the Tigers from 1953 as an 18-year-old through 1974 as a 39-year-old. He played 22-seasons during his career, all in Detroit.
In his baseball career, he has had a .297 batting average with 399 home runs and 1,5832 RBI’s in 2,834 games. He also had 498 doubles and 75 triples on 3,007 hits, while scoring 1,622 runs in 10,116 at-bats.
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