Baltimore native and Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline died on Monday, a friend of Kaline's confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 85.
Kaline was born in Baltimore and grew up in Charm City, where he attended Southern High School. After moving from pitcher to outfield, Kaline earned All-State honors all four years.
After a standout high school career, Kaline was signed by the Detroit Tigers. Just months after his high school career concluded, Kaline made his Major League debut in June of 1953 at age 18.
Kaline spent all 22 years of his Major League Baseball career with Detroit. At age 20, he won the American League batting title in 1955. Kaline was named an All-Star 18 times in his career and was a member of the World Series champion Tigers team in 1968.
The outfielder was one of four players in the sport's history to have 10 or more Gold Glove Awards and over 3,000 hits, joining Willie Mays, Ichiro Suzuki, and Roberto Clemente.
Kaline joins Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken as Hall of Famers with a strong connection to the city of Baltimore.
After retiring in 1976, Kaline served on the Tigers broadcast team until 2002. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.
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