Al Kaline Wiki
Albert William Kaline (/ˈkeɪlaɪn/; December 19, 1934 – April 6, 2020), nicknamed “Mr. Tiger”, was an American professional baseball right fielder. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kaline played his entire 22-year Major League Baseball career with the Detroit Tigers. For most of his career, Kaline played in the outfield, mainly as a right fielder where he won ten Gold Gloves and was known for his strong throwing arm. He was selected to 18 All-Star Games and was selected as an All-Star each year between 1955 and 1967.
Near the end of his career, Kaline also played as first baseman and, in his last season, was the Tigers’ designated hitter. He retired soon after reaching the 3,000 hit milestone. Immediately after retiring from playing, he became the Tigers’ TV color commentator, a position he held until 2002. Kaline worked for the Tigers as a front office official until his death in 2020.
Al Kaline Wife Madge Louise Hamilton And Children
Kaline married his high school sweetheart, Madge Louise Hamilton, in 1954. He had two sons, Mark Albert Kaline (b. August 21, 1957) and Michael Keith Kaline (b. 1962). Michael played college baseball at Miami University and is the father of Colin Kaline, who had a short Minor League career and was a college coach.
Al Kaline Death & Cause
Al Kaline, who in a long and unique Detroit Tigers life went from being a young batting champion to a Hall of Fame to a distinguished elderly statesman, died Monday afternoon at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 85 years old. The cause of death was not immediately available. John Morad, a close family friend, confirmed the news to Free Press after speaking with Kaline’s youngest son, Mike. His health had been declining for the past year.
Al Kaline Early Life & Career
Kaline was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. His family was poor. Several relatives played semi-pro baseball, but no one in his family had graduated from high school. When he was eight years old, Kaline developed osteomyelitis and had a segment of bone removed from his left foot. The surgery left him with scarring and permanent deformity, but he was an outstanding pitcher in youth baseball. Kaline had learned to throw a fastball, changeup and curveball by the age of nine.
Kaline attended Baltimore’s Southern High School, where he starred in basketball and also played football until he sustained a cheek injury. When he tried out for the baseball team, there was no room on the pitching staff so Kaline moved to the outfield. He earned all-state honors in baseball all four years. Kaline said that he was a poor student but that he was well liked by his teachers. He said that his teachers passed him and that they believed he would become a baseball player.