Al Kaline, “Mr. Tiger,” Passes Away at 85

Former Detroit Tigers right fielder and 1968 World Series champion Al Kaline passed away Monday. He was 85 years old.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Nicknamed “Mr. Tiger,” Kaline spent his entire 22-year baseball career with the Tigers. The Baltimore native made his Major League debut with the Tigers on June 25, 1953, and went on to make 18 All-Star Game appearances and captured 10 Gold Gloves.

A 1980 first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Kaline was the 1955 American League batting champion and had his No. 6 retired by the Tigers.

Kaline ended his playing career following the conclusion of the 1974 season. He amassed a .297 batting average with 3,007 hits, 1,583 RBI and 399 home runs.

Upon retiring, Kaline worked as a TV color commentator for Tigers’ broadcasts and later served as a front office official until his passing.

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