GFA 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award - Al Kaline


Al Kaline is known as Mr. Tiger for a reason. For more than 50 years Al Kaline has personified the Detroit Tigers in a rare and spectacular way. From superstar ballplayer to television broadcaster to front office executive, Kaline has been a humble and integral part of the Tigers fabric since 1953.

His 22 seasons with a lifetime .297 batting average, 399 home runs and 3007 hits enabled him to be only the tenth player to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility at the time. He finished second in MVP Award voting twice, once in 1955 and again in 1963. In his 1968 World Series appearance, Kaline hit .379 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He earned 10 Gold Gloves during his career.

This gentle ambassador of Tiger baseball came to Detroit from Baltimore, married his high school sweetheart and together, they raised their family in Detroit. His lifetime of humble devotion to the game has set an example for fans that is unparalleled. Kaline was born to play ball, he shares, “I owe everything to baseball, without it, I’d probably be a bum.”

His professionalism and devotion to the game and to Detroit were an example for fans during his playing career, and continues to this day.