Al Kaline (1955 – Topps #4)

Albert William “Al” Kaline (Mr. Tiger) played his entire 22-year career (1953 – ’75) for the Detroit Tigers, mostly as a right-fielder. During his career, Al had a .297 batting average, with 3007 hits and 399 home runs, but the thing I remember most about Kaline was his incredible arm. I watched (on TV) him throw out a runner at third base, plus a runner at home plate in the same game. Al was the 1955 American League Batting Champion at the age of 20 (the youngest ever) and was the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award winner (honor he brought to the game) in 1973. He was an 18-time All-Star (consecutively from 1955 – ’67) and a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner. Kaline also was a World Series champion in 1968. His unform number (#6) has been retired by the Tigers. Al Kaline was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 and in 1999 was a finalist for voting onto the All-Century Team.
Al Kaline 1955 Topps #4

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