Al Kaline made his Major League debut on June 25, 1953, receiving $35,000 to sign with the Detroit Tigers at the age of 18. Below are a few facts that you may or may not have known that we found to be pretty interesting.
Al Kaline bypassed the minor league system joining the team right from Baltimore's Southern High School
During his rookie year he wore #25. After the 1953 season he asked teammate Pat Mullin for his #6 and wore the number for the rest of his career.
He played his whole career, 22 years, with the Detroit Tigers
In 1955 he became the youngest player to ever win the American League batting title. Ty Cobb was also twenty years old when he won a batting title but Kaline beat him out by a day being born just one day before Cobb.
In 1980 he was elected to the Hall of Fame, becoming the tenth player to be elected in their first year of eligibility.
Ty Cobb was the first player to ever be selected to the Hall of Fame. Below is a list of fast facts about one of the greatest ball players of all time. Hope you find them as interesting as we did!
• Ty Cobb has the highest lifetime batting average (.367) of all time.
• Ty Cobb played on three World Series teams, all with the Detroit Tigers.
• Ty Cobb is second on the all-time hit list behind Pete Rose.
• Ty Cobb is one of only two people to hit a home run before his 20th birthday and after his 40th birthday.
• Ty Cobb stole home more than anyone else (54).
• Ty Cobb won more batting average titles than any other person (12).
• In 1936, he became the first player ever selected to the Hall of Fame.
• Ty Cobb became the first ball player to star in a movie, a drama by Grantland Rice, "Somewhere in Georgia."
• Cobb endorsed a chewing gum, a brand of suspenders and underwear.
• He associated with financiers and industrialists, golfed with President William Howard Taft, and visited President Woodrow Wilson in the White House.
• Cobb invested his money into real estate and securities, and owned an auto dealership. His best investment was in a Atlanta-based soft drink company, Coca-Cola.
• Ty Cobb's dentures sold for $7,475 at auction.