Detroit Tigers: The 5 best games of Al Kaline’s career

DETROIT, UNITED STATES: Former Detroit Tiger right fielder Al Kaline, who is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, salutes right field during a ceremony before the start of the Detroit Tigers' last game at Tiger Stadium 27 September 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers have played at this corner since 1901 when they became a charter member of the American League. The Tigers will play at a new park in downtown Detroit next season. AFP Photo Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
DETROIT, UNITED STATES: Former Detroit Tiger right fielder Al Kaline, who is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, salutes right field during a ceremony before the start of the Detroit Tigers' last game at Tiger Stadium 27 September 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers have played at this corner since 1901 when they became a charter member of the American League. The Tigers will play at a new park in downtown Detroit next season. AFP Photo Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) /
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LAKELAND, FL – FEBRUARY 25: A detailed view of an autographed Al Kaline baseball sitting on the rail prior to the Spring Training game between the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Astros 11-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL – FEBRUARY 25: A detailed view of an autographed Al Kaline baseball sitting on the rail prior to the Spring Training game between the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Astros 11-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Looking back at a pair of outstanding games for Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline against the Cleveland Indians

3 (tie). Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians, May 20, 1962

Al Kaline went 2-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland as the Indians squeaked out a 7-6 win. Kaline, however, would make sure that Cleveland would not register a sweep that day.

In the second game, Kaline had one of his best games in a Detroit uniform, going 4-for-5 with three RBI as the Tigers earned the split with an 8-6 victory.

Kaline started the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the first off Cleveland starter Sam McDowell, then tortured McDowell in the third inning with a solo shot, in the fourth with a single, and in the sixth with a double.

3 (tie). Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians, August 23, 1962

Later in the same season, but this time at his home stadium, Kaline once again reminded Cleveland just how good of a hitter he was.

Another 4-for-5 performance was enough to help Detroit capture an 8-5 win and move to 63-63 on the campaign. Detroit would go on to finish 85-76 that season.

Kaline started this game with a single off Cleveland’s Mudcat Grant, then lead off the third with a home run off Grant. Cleveland’s Jackie Collum would enter in relief later in the third, and Kaline would record a fourth-inning double off him. In the bottom of the sixth, with Gary Bell pitching, Kaline would hit his second home run of the day, giving him 20 on the season.

In both of these featured games against the Indians, Kaline totaled 11 bases. He would, however, have two other games in his career where he topped that mark.