The baseball player Al Kaline died at the age of 85. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
18-time MLB All-Star who played all 22 seasons of his big-league career with the Detroit Tigers, leading the team to a World Series Championship in 1968. He won the 1955 American League batting title and retired with a career .297 average, 3,007 hits and 399 home runs.
He had two children with his wife Louise whom he married in October 1954.
I didn’t know who was on the team, but I saw every eye as I walked down the aisle. It looked like a thousand eyes were staring right at me saying, ‘Who is this young punk?’ I just kept my eyes straight ahead.
Switching to the outfield was the best break I ever got.
I started in for the ball but I just couldn’t get it. I should have caught it because I was used to catching everything on the sandlots. But they hit the ball a lot harder in the major leagues and I just couldn’t reach the ball this time.
I was very, very shocked about Cooperstown. I thought my chances were fairly good, but I tried to stay low key about it, not too high and not too low. That was the way I played, too.
I’ll never forget that first night with the team. Going to the ballpark on the bus was the hardest 30 minutes of my life. I had to walk down that aisle between all the players. I really didn’t know too much about the Detroit Tigers at that time.