Detroit Tigers outfielder Al Kaline becomes the youngest batting champ in history, as he takes the American League crown at age twenty with a .340 average. Ty Cobb had also won a batting title at age 20, but Cobb was born on December 18, making him one day older than Kaline when he won.
George Brett of the Royals hit his 300th career home run in the sixth inning of Kansas City’s 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Brett joined Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 300 homers at that time.
Mickey Lolich wins for the Tigers, 5-3, with an unlikely assist from the Cardinals’ Lou Brock, who tries to score standing up on Julian Javier’s single and is gunned down by Willie Horton’s throw. Al Kaline’s bases-loaded single drives in the deciding runs.
Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers (aka, “Mr. Tiger”) doubles off the Orioles Dave McNally for his 3,000th career hit, as the Tigers beat Baltimore, 5-4. Kaline would end the season, and his career, with 3,007 hits.
Al Kaline (Mr. Tiger), Duke Snider (The Duke of Flatbush), Chuck Klein (the Hoosier Hammer), and legendary Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Even though I have been to hundreds of games since my early childhood (in many different ballparks, some of which are now closed), it amazes me how vivid the memories of my first MLB ballgames. Growing up in Detroit my first exposure to live action was at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, the yard known as Briggs Stadium and later, best, Tiger Stadium.