Baseball Legend and Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Dead At 85

The “Mr. Tiger” Hall of Famer Died Monday Afternoon at Home in Bloomfield Hills

AL KALINE LONE BASEBALL GLOVE AT COMERICA. PHOTO AMI NICOLE / ACRONYM

Hardcore and casual baseball fans alike should know the name, Al Kaline. Starting off as a batting champ, and growing to be a Hall of Famer, he’s one of the most famed Tigers to ever grace the field.

 

 

According to the Detroit Free Press,

“A cause of death was not immediately available. John Morad, a close friend of the family, confirmed the news to the Free Press after speaking with Kaline’s youngest son, Mike.”

 

 

Kaline was widely known as a right fielder, and played in more games and hit more homers than anyone else in club history, according to Freep, along with the sentiment that “Kaline was widely and eminently respected for his on-field elegance and off-field graciousness.”

Kaline played the game from the time he graduated high school until he played his final game at 39 years old. He finished with 399 home runs and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible and was crewed up with the greats like Ted Williams and Willie Mays.

Like those of Ty Cobb and Ernie Harwell, Kaline has a statue in place at Comerica Park. A year after he retired, Kaline also joined the Tigers television team as an analyst, and worked with Harwell until 2001, until Dave Dombrowski dubbed Kaline a special assistant until Dombrowski was let go, and then he worked for Al Avila.

As a legend that only wore a Tigers uniform during his entire career, he’s known as one of the greats across all of Major League Baseball, not just as a Detroit Tiger.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

 

SEE: REACTIONS FROM THE SPORTS COMMUNITY AND TIGERS FANS ON AL KALINE’S DEATH

 

 

 

 

 

 

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