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A Statement from Detroit Tigers Chairman and CEO, Christopher Ilitch

Baseball lost a titan today. Anyone who knew Mr. Kaline would describe his gentle soul and passion for baseball as an unbelievably powerful combination, making him one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball history. My mother and father appreciated their special relationship with Mr. Kaline, who was a trusted advisor and dear friend for many years. 

His dedication to Detroit was unparalleled, and Mr. Tiger’s positive contributions to the sport will forever be realized by baseball fans everywhere. The impact of his life is wide-reaching, and he will be greatly missed by millions in Detroit, the state of Michigan and the across the baseball community. The heartfelt condolences of the Tigers organization are with Al’s wife, Louise, and the entire Kaline family.