MICHIGAN:Legendary right fielder Al Kaline died Monday at the age of 85, according to the Detroit Tigers.
Kaline played his entire career, 22 seasons, with the Tigers where he was an All-Star 18 times, won a World Series in 1968 and earned the nickname “Mr. Tiger.”
“Baseball lost a titan today. Anyone who knew Al Kaline would describe his gentle soul and passion for baseball as an unbelievably powerful combination, making him one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball history,” said Tigers chairman Christopher Ilitch. “His positive contributions to the sport will forever be realized by baseball fans everywhere. The impact of his life is wide-reaching, and he will be greatly missed by millions in Detroit, the state of Michigan and across the baseball community.”
Kaline was born December 19, 1934, in Baltimore, Maryland, and signed with the Tigers straight out of high school in 1953, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He made his debut on June 25, 1953.
He retired in 1974 and became a special assistant to the Tigers’ general manager. Kaline was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year of eligibility. The city of Detroit retired his jersey, No. 6, which was the first number retired by the organization, according to the Hall of Fame’s website.