Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17, 1955...Mr. Tiger belts three dingers

We baseball fans, well, we Detroit Tigers fans, know that Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline is the youngest batting champion in big league history.

In 1955 the young Kaline batted .340, winning the American League Batting Championship as a 20 year old, one day younger than fellow Tigers HOFer Ty Cobb. 

On April 17, 1955, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, the Tigers clobbered the Kansas City Athletics, 16-0, as Kaline smacked three home runs, including two in the 6th inning.

Kaline went 4-5, with 3 runs scored, 6 RBIs, and 13 total bases.

Kaline smacked 200 base hits in 1955, leading the A.L., hit 27 home runs, with 102 RBI, 121 runs scored, had a .421 on base percentage, and a .546 slugging percentage.

Kaline also led the A.L. in total bases in '55, with 321.

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