Nine to Know: Happy 78th birthday, Al Kaline

I get into too many battles with people about whether Dwight Evans should be included into the Hall of Fame and perhaps that’s because I got to see Al Kaline play right field for the Detroit Tigers.

Here’s Nine to Know about the great Tigers Hall of Famer

  1. You could nickname Kaline “Call Me Barely.” Kaline barely crossed the 3000 hit barrier ending his career with 3007. He barely missed hitting 400 homers, retiring with 399. He barely missed being a .300 career batter, finishing at .297.
  2. In 22 seasons, he accumulated a WAR of 87.4.
  3. Kaline was a 10-time Gold Glover, with a 20-year Rtot of 155 in right field.
  4. He was a 15-time All-Star and received MVP votes in 14 seasons.
  5. He won the batting title in 1955, hitting .340 and finished in the top 10 in batting 11 times. He finished second three times.
  6. He had a career .855 OPS and led the league in 1959 at .940.
  7. He was a career .311 batter with runners in scoring position and hit .287 RISP w/2 outs.
  8. He was a model of consistency hitting .303 at home and .292 on the road.
  9. In the one World Series in which he played, in 1968, he hit .379 with two homers and eight RBI in the Tigers seven game win against the Cardinals.

Kaline was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first ballot in 1980 and received 88.3% of the vote.

Here’s his HOF video