In 1968 Al Kaline missed two months that season due to a broken arm. In a move later called one of the ten greatest coaching decisions of the century by ESPN, Tiger manager Mayo Smith brought Kaline back into the lineup. Benching shortstop Ray Oyler and sending center fielder Mickey Stanley to take his spot helped to make room for Kaline in the outfield.
The St. Louis Cardinals were up three games to one in the 1968 World Series. In Game 5 the Cardinals had a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning. Kaline hit a single with the bases loaded, driving in two runs to take the lead. The Tigers went on to win Games 5, 6 & 7 to win their first World Championship since 1945. In seven games and his only World Series appearance Al Kaline hit .379 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Kaline finished his career with 3,007 hits, 399 home runs and 1583 RBIs.