Detroit Tigers legend and MLB Hall of Famer, Al Kaline, has passed away Monday at the age of 85.
Known from fans as ‘Mr. Tiger,’ Kaline played at right field for the Tigers for 22 seasons, playing in more games and hit more home runs than anyone in Detroit history.
Kaline is one of a dozen players in MLB History to record more than 3,000 hits in his career. He has also accounted for then-club record 399 home runs.
Since retiring from the team in 1975, he joined the Tigers broadcast booth for play-by-play commentator George Kell, who also was a former Tigers player himself (third baseman).
‘Mr. Tiger‘ also made his way into the Tigers front office in 2002, as a special assistant to then-new club president Dave Dombrowski. He would remain in that position into the tenure of current general manager Al Avila until his death.
Along with his aforementioned 399 home runs, Kaline finished his playing career with 3,007 hits, a .297 batting average, an AL batting title, and as a 10-time Gold Glove winner and 1968 World Series champion.