How much is Al Kaline worth?
|Net Worth:||$750 Thousand|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Right Fielder|
|Date of Birth:||December 19, 1934|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Al Kaline
Albert William Kaline, nicknamed “Mr. Tiger”, was an American professional baseball right fielder.
- Born: Dec. 19, 1934
- Hometown: Baltimore
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 175
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Louise, two children. Grandson Colin Kline was drafted in the 26th round of the 2011 draft by the Tigers and has played in Detroit’s minor-league system.
- Primary position: Right field
Before the bigs:
- Comes from sports-minded family that included a father and two uncles who played semi-pro baseball.
- Signed with the Tigers as an amateur free agent (bonus baby) on June 19, 1953. Detroit Tigers scout Ed Katalinas signed him after watching him play high school ball in Baltimore. He signed for a $35,000 bonus.
- One of few players ever who never played in minor leagues. He went right into majors and played in his first game six days after he signed his contract.
- Had a strong arm and great fielder quickness and an uncanny talent to hit despite his age.
- Known as Mr. Tiger, primarily because he played more games and hit more home runs than any other Detroit Tigers player. Played his entire career in Detroit and became a fan favorite for his contributions off the field and talents on the field.
- One of the top right fielders of all-time, nine times in his career (1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1967 and 1972) he finished with a batting average better than .300 while three other seasons (1957, 1964 and 1971) he hit in the .290s.
- Hit more than 20 home runs in nine seasons and had double-digit home run totals in each of his last 20 years in the major leagues.
- Finished 22-year career with 3,007 hits and 399 home runs and had 498 doubles. He played in 2,834 career games and had lifetime average of .297.
- Had solid rookie season in 1954 when he hit .276 with four home runs as a 19-year-old. His second career home home that year was a grand slam, making him the second youngest player at the time ever to hit one.
- Worked hard in the offseason to build strength and it resulted with .340 average, 27 HR, 102 RBI and 121 runs. That made him the youngest ever American League batting champion, edging all-time Detroit great Ty Cobb for the honor. He finished with 200 hits that year, ironically the only time in his illustrious career he reached the 200-hit plateau.
- Was second in the league MVP voting in 1955 season, finishing 17 points behind Yogi Berra. That was as close as he came to winning the award though he was in top 10 MVP voting on eight other occasions.
- Led the American League in slugging percentage in 1959 at .530. Eight other seasons he finished among the 10 in the league in this category including a career-best of .546 in 1955 as a 20-year-old.
- Eight times in his career he finished in the top 10 in the American League in runs scored. His 121 runs in 1955 was second-most that year and turned out to be his career best.
- Greatest postseason moment came in 1968 World Series, when a seventh-inning single drove in two runs and erased a 3-2 St. Louis lead and led to a Tigers win. Detroit was down 3-1 in the series at the time, but used the key hit by Kaline to fight back and win three in a row to become World Series champions. It was his only career championship.
- Won 10 Gold Gloves over an 11-year span (1957-59, 1961-67).
- Played in 15 All-Star Games ranging between 1955 (his second season) and 1974, his 22nd and final season.
- In 1962, he suffered his worst injury when he fractured his right collarbone diving for a ball in New York. Was out for two months, but still managed to hit 29 HRs with 94 RBI in just 100 games that year. He was on pace for what would have been his only 40-home run season before the injury.
- Various injuries throughout his career cost Kaline 200 games in his 15 prime years and likely cost him a shot at becoming the first American League player to have 400 home runs and 3,000 hits in a career.
- He only reached the $100,000 figure in a contract in his final three seasons in baseball. His best was $110,000 in 1974, his final season with the Tigers. In his 22-year career (1954-74), Kaline made slightly over $1 million.
- Joined the Tigers’ broadcasting crew where he worked until his retirement in 2002.
- Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 after receiving 88 percent of the votes on a first-ballot vote.
- Was the first player in Tigers history to have his uniform number (No. 6) retired.
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