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Dec. 19: Happy birthday to Baseball Immortal, Al Kaline, 85, & Tony Taylor, 84..

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  • Dec. 19: Happy birthday to Baseball Immortal, Al Kaline, 85, & Tony Taylor, 84..

    December 19, 2019. Happy 85th birthday to Detroit Tiger icon, outfielder Al Kaline. Al led the Tigers for 22 years (1953 to 1974) and went to the majors leagues directly after high school, never playing in the minor leagues. Kaline reached his career goal of 3,000 hits on September 24, 1974 with a double. He finished his career with 3,007 hits, 399 home runs and a .297 batting title. Kaline led the American and the Major Leagues in batting average in 1955 with a .340 final average at the age of 20, becoming the youngest batting champion in MLB history..
    Kaline was elected to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in his first year of HOF eligibility, 1980.

    Kaline shares his December 19 birthday with second baseman, Tony Taylor, the long-time Phillie, who turns 84 today. Taylor, played for three years as a Detroit Tiger 1971-1973 and was instrumental in the Tigers' 1972 American League East championship. Taylor was born exactly one year after Kaline and finished his career with exactly 1,000 less hits than Kaline, with 2,007 career hits.

    Kaline lived in Detroit suburb, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and became a close friend with his neighbor, hockey immortal, Gordie Howe, of the Detroit Red Wings. After his playing days ended, Kaline remained part of the sport of baseball and the Detroit Tigers organization by manning a spot in the Tigers' broadcast booth. He remained a part of the Tigers broadcasting team for many years.

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