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Flashback: Al Kaline doubles for his 3,000th career hit

UNDATED: Al Kaline #6 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait. Kaline played for the Tigers from 1953-1974. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images)

UNDATED: Al Kaline #6 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait. Kaline played for the Tigers from 1953-1974. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images)

In his 22nd major-league season, Detroit Tigers slugger Al Kaline finally joined the club.

On Sept. 24, 1974, Kaline doubled off Baltimore Orioles left-hander Dave McNally for his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 12th man in major-league history to accomplish the feat. And although he might have preferred to get that historic hit at Tiger Stadium, he still was able to do so in his hometown of Baltimore.

The 1974 season was Kaline's final season in the majors, after having spent his entire career with Detroit. He finished with 399 homers, 1,582 RBI, a career .297 batting average --€“ and 3,007 hits.

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Kaline was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1980