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Al Kaline’s Biggest Thrill in Baseball was Getting His First MLB Uniform

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Hall of Famer Al Kaline’s childhood dream was to wear a big league uniform. He remembers putting it on for the first time

Al Kaline was so strong and talented that he joined the Detroit Tigers directly from high school as an 18-year-old “bonus baby” signee, receiving $35,000 ($313,302 in today’s dollars) to sign with the team. He never spent time in the minor leagues and played his entire career for Detroit. In this episode, Kaline shares his biggest thrill in the majors was fulfilling a life long dream of wearing a big league uniform.

Al Kaline
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Kaline with the Detroit Tigers in 1957
Right fielder
Born: December 19, 1934 (age 82)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 1953, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1974, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .297
Hits 3,007
Home runs 399
Runs batted in 1,583
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Inducted 1980
Vote 88.3% (first ballot)

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