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Detroit Baseball Great Al Kaline Passed Away Today

from John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press,

Al Kaline, who in a long and unique Detroit Tigers lifetime grew from youthful batting champion to Hall of Famer to distinguished elder statesman, died Monday afternoon at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 85.

A cause of death was not immediately available. John Morad, a close friend of the family, confirmed the news to the Free Press after speaking with Kaline's youngest son, Mike.


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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Oh shoot,

What a bummer. Super nice man. I miss him and George Kell calling the games. RIP.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/06/20 at 04:53 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Wow. Hate to hear that. Al was one of the true gentlemen of the game.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/06/20 at 06:17 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

RIP Mr. Kaline.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/06/20 at 09:39 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

So sad. I remember watching number 6 trotting out to right field at Briggs Stadium (then) at the start of the game. My favorite Tiger. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 04/06/20 at 10:26 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Hockey stick taps for “Mr. Tiger” Kaline, RIP after a life well lived, a Detroit guy, and by all accounts a great person.

Paul good to see that despite this being a Wings forum, a hockey forum, a post to this man, in this town, just belonged here anyway.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 04/07/20 at 12:09 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Another of my childhood gone.  Kell and Kaline had a great, great gift of telling stories when appropriate in the Tigers broadcasts on WDIV.  Some of their best came when they let the sounds of the game just completely take over the programming.  They were past masters at it.  Nowadays, no one knows how to that anymore.

RIP, Mr. Kaline.  Thank you.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/07/20 at 01:32 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Found this story and this section of the story blew me away:

Of all the pieces of memorabilia Joe Schmidt has from his playing days with the Detroit Lions, one picture stands above the rest.

Sometime in the 1950s, Schmidt, the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, attended a sports banquet in Detroit with Tigers outfielder Al Kaline and Red Wings forward Gordie Howe.

The three posed for a picture, with Schmidt in front, Howe in the middle and Kaline in back. Schmidt tracked down a copy of the photo after it ran in the local paper, had his Detroit sports contemporaries autograph it, and for the past 60 or so years, it’s hung in a frame somewhere in his house.


Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/07/20 at 01:51 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I wonder if this the pic that that article above was referencing?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/07/20 at 03:05 AM ET

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