When I last saw Al Kaline it was late in the 2018 season. He was at Comerica Park for an autograph signing and seemed relaxed. He smiled, looked up at people as they came through the line, and sincerely seemed to appreciate being appreciated. It was so Kaline. So unpretentious was Al Kaline that he once turned down a $100,000 contract offer from former Tigers GM Jim Campbell – a noted tightwad – simply because he didn’t believe he had earned such an astronomical sum. It didn’t matter that no other Tiger before him had ever earned that much. And…

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