Friday, May 31, 2013

no. 180 - al kaline

Who is the man: Al Kaline played in 131 games for the Tigers in 1970 for the second straight year. He'd have one more 130-game year in '71 before the numerous injuries he suffered during his career began to wear him down.

Can ya dig it: Out of the 1971 Topps cards that I obtained in a trade with my friend back in the late '70s, the two gems were the Nolan Ryan card and this card. I haven't bothered to upgrade either.

Right on: The Tigers players seem to match well with this set.

You see this cat Kaline is a bad mother: It's well-known that Kaline suffered from osteomyelitis as a child, which led to a deformed left foot. The condition affected him throughout his career, but yet he is one of a handful of major leaguers to reach 3,000 hits.

Shut your mouth: One of the major differences between playing today and playing during his day, Kaline said, is the schedule. "The schedule is a little ridiculous," he said in an interview. Indeed it is, Mr. Kaline. MLB is trying to do too many things.

No one understands him but his woman: Kaline retired with 399 home runs. Three nine nine.

(A word about the back): At this moment, both of my year-tribute blogs feature major leaguers who never played in the minors. Kaline and Dave Winfield are two of less than a 100 players in history to do that.

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