Green: With 3,000th hit, Al Kaline secured place as one of baseball's all-time

By Jerry Green
Special to The Detroit News

The baseball floated above first base and landed inside the right-field foul line. Al Kaline had hit hundreds of balls harder in his 22 seasons in the major leagues. But this one assured immortality.

The opposite-field double was Kaline’s 3,000th hit. It placed Kaline into the eminent ranks of Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins, Napoleon Lajoie, Paul Waner — and others from my father’s baseball history book.