South Baltimore Native and Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline Dies at the Age of 85

| April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baseball Hall of Famer, Al Kaline, who grew up in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Westport, died today at the age of 85 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, MI, according to the Detroit Free Press. From the article:

A cause of death was not immediately available. John Morad, a close friend of the family, confirmed the news to the Free Press after speaking with Kaline’s younger son, Mike.

Kaline played high school baseball at Southern High School in Federal Hill. He grew up playing at Swann Park and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks renamed the park’s baseball field last summer to Al Kaline Field. Kaline is also honored on a monument at Swann Park that recognizes the professional baseball players who played for a 19u amateur baseball team.

Kaline was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and immediately played in the Major Leagues starting in 1953 at the age of 18. He played for 22 seasons for the Tigers and compiled 399 home runs, 1,582 RBIs, and 3,007 hits with a career batting average of .297. He holds the record for the most games played and the most home runs in Tigers history.

Kaline was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.

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