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Al Kaline

Albert William Kaline

Born: 12/19/1934 in Baltimore, MD USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6.1   Weight: 175 lb.
Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1953 — 1974

1968 World Series Champion
1972 American League East Champion
1980 Baseball Hall of Fame
Detroit Tigers jersey #6

PRIMARY POSITION

RF

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#1   Ty Cobb
#2   Al Kaline
#3   Charlie Gehringer
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

The Detroit Tigers signed Al Kaline to a contract on the same day as his high school prom when he was 18 years old. He has been in the employ of the Tigers ever since in some capacity or another.

In 22 seasons as a player, Kaline amassed 3,007 hits and 399 home runs to go along with a .297 average. He rose to the occasion, hitting .379 and leading all batters in hits in the 1968 World Series, his only appearance in the Fall Classic.

He is generally considered to be one of the two or three best defensive right fielders on baseball history, showing off great range along with a terrific throwing arm. He won ten Gold Glove awards.

After his Hall of Fame playing career, Kaline served as a broadcaster, coach, and eventually as a front office executive for the Tigers. He has given his adult life to the franchise, earning the nickname "Mr. Tiger."

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1953DETAL302897001210150.2500.3000.357110
1954DETAL138504421391834439522450.2760.3050.34721072
1955DETAL152588121200248271026882570.3400.4210.5461350612
1956DETAL153617961943210271287170550.3140.3830.530101144
1957DETAL14957783170294239011943380.2950.3430.478103677
1958DETAL1465438417034716857454470.3130.3740.490182356
1959DETAL13651186167192279410472420.3270.4100.5301142612
1960DETAL14755177153294156819465470.2780.3540.426183553
1961DETAL153586116190417198214166420.3240.3930.515164452
1962DETAL1003987812116629944047390.3040.3760.593171243
1963DETAL14555189172243271016454480.3120.3750.5141243412
1964DETAL1465257715431517684175510.2930.3830.469123236
1965DETAL1253997211218218726072490.2810.3880.471900311
1966DETAL1424798513829129885581660.2880.3920.53475167
1967DETAL1314589414128225788283470.3080.4110.5411612610
1968DETAL102327499414110536455390.2870.3920.42843137
1969DETAL1314567412417021691254610.2720.3460.447111074
1970DETAL1314676413024416712277490.2780.3770.450201375
1971DETAL1334056911919215544682570.2940.4160.462127169
1972DETAL106278468711210321028330.3130.3740.475112155
1973DETAL91310407913010454129280.2550.3200.394103054
1974DETAL1475587114628213642265750.2620.3370.389121152

Totals2834101161622300749875399158313765127710200.2970.3760.4802715545104131
Per 162162578931722842390847358153367
DET2834101161622300749875399158313765127710200.2970.3760.4802715545104131

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1968WSDETAL729611202800070.3790.4000.65501000
1972ALCSDETAL51935001100220.2630.3330.42100100

Totals1248916203900290.3330.3730.56301100

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
3 HR4171955DETALDET
1000th Hit8111959DETALCHIDET
1500th Hit9201962DETALMINDET
2000th Hit6151966DETALBOSBOS
2500th Hit651970DETALOAKOAK
3000th Hit9241974DETALBALBALDouble

Hitting Streaks

GamesYearTeamLgFromToABHR2B3BHRRBIBBSOSB
221961DETA//

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1980BBWAAPlayer34088.3
75% needed for election by the BBWAA