Thursday, March 10, 2016

TURN BACK THE CLOCK 1955: AL KALINE YOUNGEST BATTING CHAMP

Next up in my “Turn Back the Clock” thread is a 1975 20th anniversary card celebrating Detroit Tigers great Al Kaline and his magnificent 1955 season that saw him become the youngest batting champ in baseball history:


In only his second full season as a Major League player, the 20-year old hit a league-leading .340 based on his 200 hits in 588 at-bats, barely edging out the previous record holder Ty Cobb by mere days as the youngest champ.
As we all know it was just a glimpse into what would become a Hall of Fame career in Detroit for Kaline, as he’d go on to top 3000 hits while scoring over 1600 runs, hitting 399 homers and driving in over 1500 while being named to 15 all-star teams before he retired after the 1974 season.

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