One of the all-time great Detroit Tigers' players, Kaline had 3007 lifetime hits with a .297 career average, smashed 498 doubles, 75 triples and 399 homers. Kaline played his whole career with the Tigers. Al Kaline was an excellent outfielder and won 11 Gold Glove Awards. He was selected for 15 All-Star games. Playing in the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, this Hall of Famer hit .379, with two home runs and he drove in 8 runs. Kaline made some sparkling fielding plays stopping the Cardinals from scoring and the Tigers went on to win the World Series. The Tigers, except in the above world series, never won any more pennants and because of this Kaline was overlooked by the media. Al Kaline was an outstanding all-around player and fans in Detroit appreciated his all-around efforts day after day. Baseball fans salute your style of ball playing.
Al Kaline gave his best during his 22 year career with the Detroit Tigers. Coming from a sports family, Al's father and two uncles played semi-pro baseball. Young Al possessed a powerful throwing arm, was a disciplined hitter with great determination. Kaline has said, 'When I first came up to the Tigers I was scared stiff, but I had desire. Desire is something you must have to make it in the majors'. Baseball historians have often stated, 'Al Kaline was not spectacular, but was as close to perfect as a ballplayer could be'. Al Kaline collected 3,007 career hits along with 399 home runs. baseballhistorian.com archives