Al Kaline, dies at 85

Tigers legend Al Kaline has died at the age of 85 today.

RIP great one.

Sucks. Surprises me. He had a great energy. I would have guessed him to live much longer than 85, with as happy as his energy always was (from what I remember).

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Truly sad. He was amazing

Straight out of high school at 18 to the major leagues and wins the American League batting title at age 20

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Hell of an arm too, great all around player.

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I learned baseball listening to Kaline & George Kell in the booth. Both are Hall of Famers who really knew baseball.

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RIP Al.

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R.I.P Al.

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Detroit has never seen a greater “class act” than Al Kaline. RIP

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68 Tigers

Bill Freehan
Mickey Stanley
Jim Northrup
Al Kaline
Willie Horton
Dick McAuliffe
Denny McClain
Mickey Lolich

So many great players and such an insanely exciting team. It seemed like they were always winning in the bottom of the ninth.

Typing that literally brought tears to my eyes.

They still played the World Series in those days during the day. They hadn’t figured out about putting it on in prime time yet. One of the games was during the school week and our 3rd grade teacher brought a TV in and literally just let us watch the ball game. She said “there’s always time for school work but who knows if you’ll ever see the Tigers in the World Series again”. LOL

We thought she was the coolest teacher in the world

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Wow. I thought he was doing pretty well. R.I.P Al

Joe Louis, Gordie Howe, Al Ka!ine, Bo…we’ve been blessed.

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You forgot about izzo.

He has to die before he can make the list :wink:

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Such a loss for Tiger baseball. One of the all time greats and a total class act. RIP Mr. Tiger

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I forgot that Howe died. Mind s not all there.

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Izzo will be on the list.

What he has accomplished with MSU basketball has put him up there with Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Bobby Knight and Coach K

And that is coming from a Michigan fan

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Same as Barry Sanders and Stevie Y.

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My first little league team was the Tigers and I got number 6. Sad day.

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Ray Oyler SS
Don Wert 3B
Dick McAuliff 2B
Norm Cash 1B
Willie Horton LF
Mickey Stanley CF
Al Kaline RF
Bill Freehan C
Jim Northrop moved into the line up in RF, Stanley to SS, Kaline to Center.
Lolich and McClain and two days of rain. John Hiller, Gates Brown, Ike Brown…

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Do you remember when Dick McAuliffe went after Tommy John after TJ threw at his head???
It was classic