Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer dies at 85

Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer dies at 85

When news broke that Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline passed away on Monday, many of us had the air knocked out of us. Details about his death have not yet been released.

The cause of death was not given. Kaline was named an All-Star 18 times in his career and was a member of the World Series champion Tigers team in 1968.

Kaline, who was also known as "Mr. Tiger", spent his entire 22-year career with Detroit.

Following his retirement in 1974, Kaline joined the Tigers' television team. His No. 6 jersey became the first number retired by the Tigers.

Kaline's importance to the organization reaches immeasurably beyond his on-field accolades, however. She has a passion for hard rock and heavy metal music, plus local music.

"Al Kaline was a giant in this industry, a man of great humility, and has been a friend to me and many in this community for decades", Avila said.

"Such a kind and generous man who meant so much to so many".

"By far, being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the proudest moment of my life".

In the pantheon of great Detroit baseball players, only one is known as "Mr. Tiger".

"I told him that he and Willie Mays were my 2 favorite players of all time and he sent me a picture of him and Willie that I cherish!" One of those numbers will always belong to Al Kaline. Ilitch disbanded the committee at the end of that season, but both Kaline and Horton remained as special assistants to Dombrowski after his arrival.

Al Kaline became one of the few players to move straight from high school to the major leagues when he made his major league debut in June of 1953. Even after he retired as a player, the next generation of Tigers fans who didn't have the good fortune to watch him play instead grew up listening to his insights, anecdotes and experience as one of the voices of Tigers baseball. He also held the franchise record for home runs with 399.

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