Monthly Archives: April 2020

Dale Alexander, who had perhaps the greatest rookie season in Tigers history, had his career cut short by failed new therapy on his leg

Some might say Dale Alexander started his major-league career 44 years too soon. He was the prototype for the designated hitter, which started in the American League in 1973. The strapping Alexander, nicknamed “Moose” or “Ox,” burst onto the major-league … Continue reading

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The story of Al Kaline’s American League batting championship in 1955 at age 18

After his first 532 at-bats in the major leagues, 20-year-old Al Kaline had a career .274 batting average with five home runs and 45 RBIs. Those are pre-1955 numbers. That season changed everything for Kaline, and he wasted no time … Continue reading

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Al Kaline was a batting champion, a World Series champion, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer – and he was Mr. Tiger

Although Al Kaline is not considered the greatest Tigers player of all-time – that would be Ty Cobb – he is the unquestioned Mr. Tiger. Kaline had a greatness of his own on the field, and it was solidified when … Continue reading

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Al Kaline’s legacy will last forever in Detroit

The news of Al Kaline’s death felt like an electric shock. He was my youth. By the time I started following the Tigers, Kaline was an established star. He had won the American League batting championship in 1955, the year … Continue reading

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