Al Kaline Caricature


Al Kaline Caricature, illustrated here in his first year as a Detroit Tiger in 1953, age 18.

Kaline was a fixture in the Detroit Tigers (1953-1974) line-up for 22 seasons, earning him the nickname “Mr. Tiger” and he remains one of the most beloved sports figures in Detroit’s history.
Referred to as a “bonus baby”, Al skipped time in the farm system and joined the team directly from high school, making his debut in late June of 1953 at the age of 18.

Kaline wore number 25 during his rookie campaign, but asked teammate Pat Mullin for his No. 6 after the 1953 season ended. Kaline wore the number for the rest of his major league playing career. He was known simply as “Six” in the Tiger clubhouse.

In 1955, Kaline won the American League batting title with a .340 average, making him the youngest player to win the award and beating out fellow Hall of Famers George Kell, Nelson Fox and Mickey Mantle by more than 20 points.

Al Kaline was an 18-times AL All-Star selection, collected 10 Gold Gloves and hit an incredible .379 against the St. Louis Cardinals leading the Tigers to the 1968 World Series title. AL Kaline retired with 3,007 hits, 1,622 runs scored, 1,583 RBI, 399 home runs and a .297 career batting average.

After his playing career, Kaline lived in the Detroit area, and he has remained active within the Tigers organization, serving first as a color commentator on the team’s television broadcasts (1975–2002) mostly with play by play announcer and former Tiger and fellow Hall of Famer George Kell, and then later as a consultant to the team.

Kaline was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, becoming the tenth player in history to be inducted in his first year of eligibility.

Kaline married his high school sweetheart, the former Madge Louise Hamilton, in 1954. He has two sons, Mark Albert Kaline and Michael Keith Kaline.

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All prints are produced using Giclee printing process which is used for archival art reproduction. This process uses fade-resistant archival pigment-based ink which lasts over 100 years. All prints are printed on 310GSM, Luxurious mould-made, 100% cotton rag Archival Certified watercolor paper.

Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.

32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
Print Size

32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Print $495, 20" x 24" Stretched Canvas Print $330, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $185