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Al Kaline: The Biography of a Tigers Icon

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For more than a half century, as a superstar ballplayer, television broadcaster, and front office executive, Al Kaline has personified the Detroit Tigers like no one else. In the Tigers' clubhouse of today, stars such as Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander—neither of whom were even born when he played in the major leagues—respectfully address him as "Mr. Kaline." Tigers fa ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Triumph Books (first published 2010)
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J.
Apr 01, 2011 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in the 1960s and followed the Detroit Tigers and the second half of Al Kaline's career. I attended, with my dad, the game against the New York Yankees in 1968 during which, with Detroit comfortably ahead, Denny McLain served up a blooper for Mantle to hit out of the yard. I recall watching one of the World Series games that year at my grade school. Kaline was my boyhood idol and I wanted to play major league baseball, too.

For me, this biography was a romp through the past. There was l
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Pamela Montano
Jul 08, 2016 Pamela Montano rated it it was amazing
Al Kaline or Mr. Tiger as he is appropriately called. He played all his 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He was just a shy, skinny kid from Baltimore, MD when he was drafted by the Tigers out of high school. He gave his all to every game, even though he was often injured. He was the first Tigers player to have his jersey (6) retired. He entered the Hall of Fame on the first year he was eligible. His lifetime batting average of .297, 3,007 hits, 399 Home Runs and 1,583 RBI's is remarkable and ...more
Jeff Bell
3000 hits, world champion (in the last pure, pre-playoff season), first ballot hall of famer, Mr. Tiger.


Bart Williams
Nov 06, 2011 Bart Williams rated it it was amazing
Growing up in Grand Blanc Michigan born in mid 1990's I did not know a lot about Al Kaline. I felt obligated as a tiger's fan to pick up his biography and do my homework on the history of "Kaline's Korner" in right field of Comerica Park. I do not regret picking up this book from my school library and I most definitely feel more informed on the tiger's great Al Kaline, and many other players who played in the tiger's long history. I thought it was especially interesting that he was so successful ...more
Steven Voorhees
Jul 07, 2015 Steven Voorhees rated it liked it
When I lived in the midwest in the mid-1990s, I caught a Detroit Tigers game at its old palace at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. So much baseball history lay within its walls. Some of that history -- indeed magic -- was made by No. 6, Al Kaline. I first heard his name while watching a MLB game of the week as a kid. With my interest in the Tigers, I found this biography of probably the greatest living Tiger of all. Al Kaline didn't need to hit a home run every time he came to bat. He'd smok ...more
Danny Knobler
Jun 11, 2010 Danny Knobler rated it really liked it
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Ernie Harwell considered this book important enough to contribute a forward, which he submitted after telling the world of the incurable cancer that eventually killed him. That should be enough reason for any Tiger fan, or Kaline fan, to find a copy and read it.

The Kaline story is a compelling one, the Baltimore kid who signed out of high school and became a Detroit legend. Many people know the basics, that he won a batting title at age 20, in his second full season in the big leagues, that he o
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Dr. Detroit
Jun 29, 2010 Dr. Detroit rated it really liked it
Back in the pre-internet dark ages, nothing much beat watching a ball game from the right-field overhang at the glorious, now-razed Tiger Stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, fortified by hot dogs and loaded on a few doobs and rivers of watered-down stadium beer, marvelling at Al Kaline pegging a BB to home from the right-field corner.

Kaline, still the youngest player ever to win a batting title at the tender age of 20, never spent a minute in the minors, proceeding directly to "Go" f
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Tom Gase
Oct 08, 2014 Tom Gase rated it really liked it
A good book on one of the best Detroit Tigers of all time, Al Kaline. Kaline played rightfield and centerfield for Detroit from about 1953 to 1974. In this book, Jim Hawkins does a good job of chronicling Kaline's career, spending a good deal of time on his rookie year, his batting title and 1968-the year the Tigers won the World Series. Hawkins doesn't get into too much detail about games and how Detroit would win or lose, so the book goes pretty quick and never lulls. I kind of wish there was ...more
J.b. Likeric
May 24, 2016 J.b. Likeric rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Al Kaline was the man on the tigers team when I was growing up. It was good to read this book to compare what my memories of him were to how he was presented in this biography. The book covered Al`s life as a kid till the end of his career. Jim Hawkins, the author, covered the tigers history, ownership, management, teammates as well as the teams he was on. From my youth, I didn`t realize he played on so many losing teams. The 1968 team is the one I remember.
Anyway, the book
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Chris Dean
Mar 26, 2013 Chris Dean rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book simply because there is a need for a biography on the longtime Tigers icon, on the other hand, there wasn't much here that had not already been covered. Kaline is presented as the classy, dignified man and ballplayer that he is, but there isn't a whole lot of depth to the things happening around him while he was playing.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading about Kaline - a quick and easy read.
Jim
Aug 12, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
A nice biography of a great Hall of Fame ball player (inducted on the first ballot)and a real gentleman. As an eighteen year old skinny kid from Baltimore he started playing in the major leagues. At 20 years old he won the batting title in 1955 . Twenty two years as a Detroit Tiger and the first to have his number retired. Helped the 1968 Tigers win the World Series against St. Louis after being down three games to one. Those were some good old days.
Mark Prak
As spots biographies go, it was fine. I'm a big Kaline fan, so I enjoyed the book. I recall listening to the 1968 World Series on my transistor radio during school and also watching the Tigers and the Cardinals on the TV sets set up in certain rooms at Robert H. Goddard Jr. High School. What fun we had !
Renay
Jun 10, 2011 Renay rated it really liked it
Great trip down memory lane for those of us who watched this Tiger great. I didn't realize just how much Al had to fight through injuries in his career. Great biography of a Tiger great.
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