My Boyhood Sports Icons Are Dying: Al Kaline

Al Kaline

Al Kaline played all 22 years of his career as a right fielder for the Detroit Tigers, played in 18 All-Star games, won 10 Gold Gloves, a World Series in 1968, had 3,007 hits, 399 home runs, a .297 batting average and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

He died today at the age of 85.

On his 80th birthday, he said: “To this day, I can’t believe the life I’ve had. I wanted to be a baseball player — and do the one thing I was good at.

“Even now, I love it so much.”

RIP Al Kaline

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