Former Detroit Tigers and Hall of Fame Al Kaline looks on during their full-squad spring training practice at TigerTown in Lakeland, Florida on Feb. 18, 2019.

I walked up to Al Kaline at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., which was surreal, considering he was standing so close to his own plaque.

It was like approaching baseball royalty in the room where they keep the crowns and thrones.


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