Tigers legends Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline now tied on all-time hits list
HOUSTON -- For a brief moment in time, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera will share a spot on baseball’s all-time ledger with Mr. Tiger, Al Kaline. That ties him with Al Kaline for 31st in baseball history. Al Kaline and @MiguelCabrera share a spot in history at No. pic.twitter.com/oXqr1YY6sW — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 6, 2022Kaline passed away in 2020 at the age of 85. His widow Louise issued a statement through the Tigers, congratulating Cabrera on behalf of the Kaline family.mlive.com
Letter from the Editor: Tigers baseball means summer, but baseball with a full crowd means ‘normal again’
I’ve been to lots of Detroit Tigers games, seen everyone from Al Kaline to Miguel Cabrera, eaten my share of Cracker Jack. Lining up for a beer – heck, I not only won’t complain about the price, go ahead and keep the change! “It’s about as close to normal as we’ve been since this whole thing started,” said Evan Woodbery, the Tigers beat writer for MLive. It’ll be a lot more like a summer night of baseball at Comerica.”I’ve probably used “normal” or “back to normal” in this column hundreds of times for the past 15 months. “That crowd atmosphere, it seems from another era – like so long ago that you can hardly remember it,” Woodbery said.mlive.com
Tigers remember Al Kaline on 1-year anniversary of his death
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers remembered franchise legend Al Kaline before Tuesday’s game at Comerica Park on the one-year anniversary of his death. Dubbed Mr. Tiger, Kaline played 22 seasons for Detroit, hitting 399 home runs and 3,007 hits, second only to Ty Cobb. Tigers legend Al Kaline died one year ago today. “I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kaline over the years,” said Tigers first-year manager A.J. “He’s Mr. Tiger.mlive.com
In first spring without Al Kaline, Tigers remember franchise legend
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Al Kaline passed away last April at the age of 85, meaning this is the first spring training without the Detroit Tigers legend. His memory lives on in Tiger Town and even in the clubhouse, where the Tigers have set up Kaline’s jersey in his old locker. “In February of 1954, a few years before I was even born, my then 19-year-old father traveled to Lakeland, Florida, to experience his first spring training with the Detroit Tigers,” Kaline wrote in the post. On behalf of the Kaline family, I would simply like to say thank you for such a thoughtful act of kindness and respect.”New Tigers manager A.J. Certainly we all need to understand the history of the Tigers and nobody embodies that more than Mr. Kaline.mlive.com
Don Sutton, Hall of Fame pitcher for Dodgers, dies at 75
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. (AP Photo, File) (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES – Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. Shortly before the start of the following season, Sutton broke his left leg. Sutton pitched for Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who died on Jan. 7.
From Kobe to Maradona, a year of staggering losses in sports
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 1993, file photo, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula is carried on his team's shoulders after his 325th victory, against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Not long after came a seismic jolt, the helicopter crash of Kobe Bryant in the fog-shrouded California hills that reverberated across sports and across continents. Football lost a big piece of its heart: Don Shula, Gale Sayers, Paul Hornung, Bobby Mitchell. The losses, of course, came against a backdrop of a pandemic, its number of fatalities rolled out daily on TV screens. Kurt Thomas in 1978 became the first U.S. male gymnast to win a world title but lost an Olympic shot in 1980 because of the boycott.
Joe Morgan, driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77
Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has died. And to his star-powered teammates, Joe Morgan was a driving force, too. “Joe Morgan was quite simply the best baseball player I played against or saw,” Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench texted to The Associated Press. “Small in stature like his idol Nellie Fox, Joe played every game at the highest level. ″Bench probably had the most raw baseball ability of any of us,” Morgan said before his Hall of Fame induction.
Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame ace for mighty Yankees, died at 91
FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, former New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford waves to fans from outside the dugout at the Yankees' annual Old Timers Day baseball game in New York. A family member tells The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 that Ford died at his Long Island home Thursday night. Ford won 236 games and lost just 106, a winning percentage of .690. Ford holds records for World Series wins (10), games and starts (22), innings pitched (146) and strikeouts (94). Ford won 18 games in his first season back and never won fewer than 11 for 13 straight seasons.
LeMahieu, Soto batting champs in shortest season in century
The .245 big league batting average was the the lowest since .237 in 1968 and down from .252 last year. LeMahieu hit .364 for the New York Yankees, the highest for an AL batting champion since Minnesota’s Joe Mauer hit .365 in 2009 and well ahead of 2019 AL batting champion Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, who finished second at .322. LeMahieu won the NL batting title with Colorado in 2016. “You've got to just roll with it.”Soto batted .351 for Washington and at 21 years, 11 months, 2 days became the youngest NL batting champion. Bieber and the Chicago Cubs’ Yu Darvish tied for the major league lead in wins with eight.
Scherzer fans 11, Nationals beat Red Sox 10-2
Soto and Howie Kendrick hit back-to-back homers in Washington's five-run third inning, and Max Scherzer struck out 11 to lead the Nationals to a 10-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. Trea Turner and Victor Robles had three hits apiece for Washington, which handed Scherzer (3-1) a 5-0 lead in the third. The Red Sox scored one in the ninth and loaded the bases before Ryne Harper got the last two outs. The Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak and sent the Red Sox to their fourth loss in five games; it's Boston's worst start since the Great Depression. Red Sox: RHP Chris Mazza (0-1) starts in the second game of the series.
Detroit Tigers honor Mr. Tiger but struggle to prevail in home opener against Kansas City.
DETROIT It was a different environment for Monday nights Detroit home opener at Comerica Park. Michael Fulmer unfortunately got into early trouble allowing 4 earned runs, three being home runs. Kyle Funkhouser was brought in to replace Fulmer on the mound, but it managed to set back the Tigers even more allowing 5 earned runs. The last run the Tigers were able to achieve was a solo shot by Victor Reyes. MORE: Detroit Tigers coverage
Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85
Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as Mr. DETROIT Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as Mr. Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 batting average. The fella who could do everything is Al Kaline, Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson once said. Kaline hit .379 in the Tigers victory over St. Louis in the 1968 World Series, when Detroit rallied from a 3-1 deficit.monroenews.com
Tiger Legend Al Kaline Dies At 85
DETROIT (AP) Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as Mr. Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 batting average. The fella who could do everything is Al Kaline, Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson once said. Kaline hit .379 in the Tigers victory over St. Louis in the 1968 World Series, when Detroit rallied from a 3-1 deficit. By far, being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the proudest moment of my life.detroit.cbslocal.com
Detroit Tigers legend and 1968 world champ Al Kaline dead at 85
click to enlarge Wikimedia Creative Commons, public domainMajor League Baseball Hall of Fame player Al Kaline in his official 1957 Detroit Tigers photo. He did everything perfectly.Detroit historian and Tiger Stadium Fan Club co-founder Frank Rashid fondly recalled his boyhood idol. Before the final major-league game at Tiger Stadium in 1999, Kaline told Channel 4's Fred Heumann that he wouldn't mind being buried in right field someday. Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline, who patrolled right field for the Detroit Tigers from 1953-1974 and helped lead the team to victory in the 1968 World Series, died Monday afternoon at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 85.Born in Baltimore in 1934, Kaline joined the Tigers right out of high school as an 18-year-old outfielder in 1953.metrotimes.com
Former Detroit Tiger Ron LeFlore made his major league debut 45 years ago today
Incredibly, during his rookie season, LeFlore was not the only ex-con on the Tigers roster. With an aging Al Kaline in his final major league season as the Tigers designated hitter, the Tigers took on rookie Robin Yount and the Milwaukee Brewers in a battle for last place in the American League East. The 26-year-old LeFlore, starting in center field for the injured Mickey Stanley, went 0-for-four with three strikeouts. LeFlore played parts of six seasons with the Tigers, before being traded to Montreal after the 1979 season. After two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, LeFlores unlikely major league career came to an end after the 1982 season but his improbable story still resonates all these years later.metrotimes.com