was the 12th member of the 3,000-Hit Club, and the first American Leaguer to reach the 3000-hit plateau since Eddie Collins, nearly half a century before. Kaline's landmark hit came against the Orioles on September 24, 1974, as he tagged a Dave McNally fastball down the right field line for a double. Hitting #3000 in his home town of Baltimore was especially sweet for the long-time Tiger star, as both of his parents were in attendance at the game.

Kaline was the second Detroit Tiger to garner 3,000 safeties, the first being Ty Cobb. The next big leaguer to join the 3,000-Hit Club would eventually surpass Cobb as the all-time hit king. That player was Pete Rose.

Al Kaline's 3,000th Hit
Date: September 24, 1974 Location: Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
Club: Detroit (AL) Opponent: Baltimore (AL)
Pitcher: Dave McNally Hit: Double
Total career hits: 3,007

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