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MLB Hall of Famer and Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline dead at 85

April 6 2020 10:41 PM

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline has died at the age of 85.

The cause of death was not immediately available.

Kaline spent his entire 22-year major league career with the Tigers, retiring after the 1974 season, and is the franchise’s all-time leader in home runs with 399 and games played with 2,834.

He was an 18-time All-Star and helped lead the Tigers to the 1968 World Series championship.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 19, 1934, he made his Tigers debut as an 18-year-old in 1953. Two years later, he hit .340 to become the youngest player to win an American League batting title. He finished his career with 3,007 hits and a .297 batting average, hitting .300 or better in nine seasons.

In addition to being one of the top hitters of his time, Kaline was also considered one of baseball's top fielders, winning 10 Gold Glove Awards as a right fielder.

He never won a Most Valuable Player Award, finishing second in voting twice and third once, but was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1980, garnering 88 percent of the votes.

After his retirement, he worked as a Tigers broadcaster from 1976-2001, and he is one of six Tigers to be immortalised with a statue at Comerica Park.

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