Al Kaline died at home yesterday. He was, simply, the greatest Tiger ever (with due respect to Ty Cobb). He signed with them the day after he graduated from high school and debuted as a major leaguer a week later. He played his entire career in Detroit. He coached for them, worked in the front office, was an announcer for their games for 25 years, and was at their spring training in Lakeland, FL last month.
I’m not going to try to write a full eulogy for him, I don’t know that I’m really a good enough write to do him justice. Suffice to say that, while I did not grow up a Tigers fan, I was an admirer of him. I can also honestly say I’ve never once heard anything less than complimentary about him as a person. Anyway, hats off for the greatest player ever to wear an Old English D.
Here is a link to the excellent Detroit Free Press article, and there are several other good ones at their site about him: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2020/04/06/al-kaline-dies-detroit-tigers/505371001/