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Boyd’s return gives Tigers’ pitching staff depth with some veteran leadership

So, the Tigers are bringing Matthew Boyd back to the team. It is a move that was predictable, decent and yet a bit puzzling. Let’s get to the puzzling part first. The Tigers signed him for one year at $10 … Continue reading

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It is George Lerchen’s 100th birthday – former Tigers player was Detroit native

Although George Lerchen did not have a lengthy major-league career, he was born near the site of Navin Field in Detroit, made his major-league debut on Opening Day in Detroit and hit his only major-league home run as a member … Continue reading

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Candelario had his moments but fell short of expectations

Jeimer Candelario was one of the first pieces the Tigers added when they decided to begin a rebuilding process in 2017. A year earlier, the Tigers had 86 wins and finished second in the AL Central, but by the end … Continue reading

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Bill Gilbreth, who threw complete games in wins in two of his first three games for Detroit in 1971, dies at age 72 of complications from heart surgery

Bill Gilbreth enjoyed the best memories of his major-league career in a 17-day span beginning with his major-league debut in June of 1971. Gilbreth threw complete games in two of his first three starts, and after four appearances he was … Continue reading

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Frank Bolling, the Tigers’ first Gold Glove Award winner and first to hit a home run on Opening Day in his major-league debut, dies at age 88

If an award existed for most overlooked second baseman in Tigers history, Frank Bolling would be a leading contender. Bolling was Detroit’s starting second baseman every year from 1954-60, except for 1955 when he missed the entire season while he … Continue reading

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Northrup broke of out slump with two grand slams in one game in Cleveland on June 24, 1968

Nobody could have blamed Jim Northrup for not expecting to play for the Tigers on June 24, 1968. But nobody could have expected what happened on that Monday night at Cleveland Stadium on the banks of Lake Erie. Northrup tied … Continue reading

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Hall of Famer Heinie Manush bats third in mythical all-time team of Tigers based on what they did after they left Detroit

                If you read the pitching portion of the all-time post-Detroit team of former Detroit Tigers, you understand the format. Players are chosen only on what they did after they left Detroit, either … Continue reading

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Ones that got away: Carl Hubbell, king of the screwball, anchors pitching staff of all-time “after-Detroit” team

The Detroit Tigers have had their good moments and bad moments in trades and free agency. They have added players like Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer, and they have traded away players like Justin Verlander and, well, Max Scherzer. Here … Continue reading

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Charley Kuhn, a soldier from the Vietnam War, went to camp with the Tigers in 1968 after not playing baseball for two years

As spring training unfolded in Lakeland, Florida, in 1968, the hopes were high for the Tigers’ chances to contend for the pennant after falling just short in 1967. There were not many opportunities to make the 25-man roster, and there … Continue reading

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Marc Hall set a Tigers record by pitching 13 innings in relief in 1914, and less than a year later he died from complications of diabetes

It is one of those records that could be broken at some point, but it isn’t likely. Marc Hall pitched a Detroit Tigers franchise record 13 relief innings on July 5, 1914, in the first game of a doubleheader against … Continue reading

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