September 4, 2015
Program - Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers, Special Assistant to the President
In his 63rd year with the organization, the legendary Hall-of-Famer “Mr. Tiger” is in his 14th year as a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Detroit Tigers Senior Management.
His distinguished major league career began with Detroit in 1953 when he was just 18 years old. He went straight to the majors without ever playing in the minor leagues. He became the youngest player ever to lead the American League in hitting at age 20 as he won the batting title in 1955 with a .340 batting average. In the 1968 World Series, he came back from a broken arm earlier that year to bat .379 against the St. Louis Cardinals and drove in 8 runs, including two home runs.
He hit .300 or better eight times, maintained a .297 lifetime batting average and hit 399 career home runs. He was selected to 18 All-Star games, including 13 consecutive years (1955-67), and compiled a .324 all-star average. He played all 22 of his seasons with the Detroit Tigers, matched in longevity only by the Hall-of-Famer Ty Cobb.
In 1980 Al became just the tenth player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Following his outstanding playing career, Kaline spent 26 seasons providing color commentary for Tigers broadcasts, partnering George Kell, Ernie Harwell, Jim Price and Frank Beckmann. He and his wife Louise have two sons and four grandchildren.
September 11, 2015
Discussion - Dr. Charles Main, Amazing Advances in Pediatric Oncology during the Past 50 Years
SMC member Chuck Main is a Pediatric Oncologist retired from Beaumont Hospital
Executive V.P. and President of the Americas, Ford Motor Company
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