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Best of AN:
- Lowe (Detroit Free Press): Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85
- ESPN: Hall of Fame outfielder and Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline dies at 85
- Blum (AP): MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona
- Passan (ESPN): MLB, union focused on plan that could allow season to start as early as May in Arizona
Baseball Interest Stories:
- Hickey (SI): Al Kaline’s Impact Stretched All the Way to Oakland and the A’s
- Posnanski (The Athletic): The Baseball 100: No. 51, Al Kaline ($$$)
- 1969 - Pitcher Bill Singer of the Los Angeles Dodgers earns the first official save in major league history. Making his only relief appearance of the season, Singer finishes off Don Drysdale’s 3 - 2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Thanks to the efforts of sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, the save became an official statistic this off-season.
- 1977 - At Exhibition Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays play their first game ever with a victory against the Chicago White Sox, 9 - 5. In his first major league at-bat Toronto’s Al Woods becomes the first player to pinch-hit a home run on Opening Day and rookie Doug Ault homers twice, in the 1st and 5th innings, off Francisco Barrios. Snowflakes are seen during the game.
- 1978 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds an earlier court decision in support of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s voiding of attempted player sales by Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley in June 1976. Finley’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will be rejected on October 2nd.
- 2012 - 49-year-old Jamie Moyer makes his return to the major leagues with the Colorado Rockies, a season-and-a-half after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He gives up a homer to the first Astros batter he faces, Jordan Schafer, and another to J.D. Martinez in the 4th, and leaves after 5 innings, saddled with the 7 - 3 loss. Lucas Harrell, who was barely one year old when Moyer made his debut back in 1986, pitches 7 shutout innings for the win.
Best of Twitter:
First, a few Kaline memorials
Al Kaline was an absolute treasure. The kindest man, a true Hall of Famer in every sense of the word. Baseball will miss him always. I feel so lucky to have known him even just a little.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 6, 2020
Eck, a fellow HOFer
I'm saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Al Kaline. He was a wonderful human being, a class act & a true gentleman. I was very fond of him and looked forward to connecting with him every July in Cooperstown. God bless Al, his lovely wife Louise & family. @baseballhall @MLB— Dennis Eckersley (@Eck43) April 6, 2020
From another Tigers great
Such a kind and generous man who meant so much to so many. I hope you knew how much I enjoyed our conversations about baseball, life, or just giving each other a hard time. I am honored to have been able to call you my friend for all these years. R.I.P. Mr Tiger, Al Kaline.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) April 6, 2020
MLB Network tribute
One particularly special Kaline highlight
Rest in peace, Mr. Tiger
Baseball will miss you, Mr. Kaline— Remembering Al Kaline (@AsteriskTour) April 6, 2020
"So fill to me the parting glass...
Good night and joy be with you all..." pic.twitter.com/nodNxKcLQW
Keep those spirits up, Athletics Nation!