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Al Kaline - rip

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by uriah1, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. uriah1

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    he was a good one! horton, northrup, kaline pretty dang good outfield...
     
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    Awwww, those are great memories. As a kid I always read the box scores. That's where I learned math. Kaline was always a favorite even though I grew up in New York. Detroit was an excellent baseball town in those years and the teams were exciting. RIP AL Kaline.
     
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    He was well before my time, so honestly I had to look him when the news started pouring in. Helluva career. World Series champion, 3000 hits, .297 career average, 10 gold gloves, and 18 all stars. Pretty awesome player.
     
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    One of my heroes as a kid. I had lots of Al Kaline bats. If you hit in the sweet spot, the ball flew forever. If you hit near the hand it would snap like a matchstick. RIP Mr. 399.
     
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    ……………. :(
     
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    yes indeed!

    RIP
     
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    Growing up in Detroit in the 60’s he was my hero. Rip Al. Saw him play a few times when I was a kid.
     
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    I remember when I was a kid, reading on the back of one of his baseball cards that when Al was 14 years old he was in a baseball distance throwing contest at a major league park. Won the contest by a lot. Threw the ball from home plate over the centerfield wall.

    Always was one of my favorites. Saw him play a number of times at old Comiskey Park in Chicago.
     
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    Dagnamit! I wasn’t a Tiger’s fan, but I grew up in that era. I had many of his baseball cards. RIP Big Al!

    Edit: I also have an Al Kaline signature bat.
     
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    Back when Detroit was an economic, social and cultural powerhouse.

    R.I.P., Mr. Kaline.
     
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    Back when most of the great ball players were heroes. Mr Kaline RIP
     
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    One of my first gloves was an Al Kaline model from Sears.

    RIP Mr. Kaline.
     
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    ‘68 !
     
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    That was a great team. I think I could name the whole lineup - and I was a Yankee fan.
    Another piece of our childhood gone.
     
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    Always in the thick of the stats page. Great defensive outfielder, good arm.
    21 full years 20 of them in the field (last year DH)
    Good guy too.
    RIP, Mr. Tiger.
     
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    dick mcauliffe, norm cash, dick tracewski, tom matchick, mickey stanley, don wert, lolich, mclain, bill freehan... mayo smith was the manager IIRC (I swear I'm doing this from memory)

    one of my favorite memories (not proud, but funny) was being behind the dugout in Anaheim and giving Freehan crap about being bald... about the 8th inning there are may 3K fans left as the Tigers were drubbing the hapless Angels, and we are on Freehan, he turns as he walks to the plate to catch the 8th, smiles at us and gives us the finger...

    Man, we LOVED him after that...
     
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    Wow, one of my childhood heroes. RIP Mr. Tiger.
     
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    That’s pretty much how I remember them, and later Aurelio Rodriguez at third, Ron Leflore in center and Fidrich. Freehan was a lousy hitter, btw. My favorite was Horton after he changed his stance with the bat held straight up really high. Really an “I dare you” stance to the extreme.
     
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    Aurelio and Winston Llenas initially came up as Angels... Aurelio was an amazing fielder and he and Winston would come down to the ballfields called Boysen Park in Anaheim... and watch babe ruth and legion and cal state fullerton games... and both of them would smoke mexican cigarettes called HorseSh*t cigarettes with a funny picture on the box... imagine pro ballplayers smoking at kids ballgames today!

    Freehan wasn't always a poor hitter, he had 20 or more homers several years and hit .260... maybe not Johnny Bench numbers, but an all star lots of years.

    The crazy stance guy was McAuliffe... Curt Gowdy about passed out every time he came up with his open stance..



    and we can't forget Gates Brown (the ex con BEFORE Leflore)
     
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