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The day Sparky Anderson asked Bill Madlock, who already had three home runs in the game, to bunt – and it worked

It was a Sunday afternoon in late June of 1987. Just one game out of a scheduled 162, and it matched a third-place team against a sixth-place team. There was no reason for it to me a memorable game, but … Continue reading

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Ready for Opening Day? It won't be as remarkable as the first one when Detroit had a 10-run rally in the ninth inning to win

Detroit had not been the home to a major-league baseball team since 1888, when the Detroit Wolverines played in the National League. It became a major-league city again in 1901 when baseball added a second major league to the National … Continue reading

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Chuck Hostetler, a 40-year-old rookie who made a costly blunder for the Tigers in Game 6 of the 1945 World Series

Chuck Hostetler, the epitome of a war-time major-league baseball player, was a 40-year-old rookie for the Tigers in 1944. He had not played professional baseball since 1937. Hostetler, who mainly played right field and pinch-hit for the Tigers in 1944-45, … Continue reading

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NFL needs another Tony Dungy to serve as pipeline and mentor for potential black head coaches and coordinators

The NFL misses Tony Dungy. Or maybe it is more fair to say that minority coaches miss Dungy. Five head coaches were fired after the season, and four of the five positions have been filled with white coaches. The fifth … Continue reading

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Herm Merritt has record nobody would want: Only former Tigers player to die before he reached 27 years old

There is one record that no member of the Detroit Tigers would ever want to own, and it belongs to Herm Merritt. He is the only person to play for the Detroit Tigers and die before his 27th birthday. Merritt … Continue reading

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Believe it! Hank Greenberg was a better hitter than Miguel Cabrera, and it isn't as close as you might think

While it is generally concluded that Ty Cobb was the greatest hitter in Tigers history, and Al Kaline might have been the most complete player, there is a lot of debate about the greatest slugger. All Tigers fans have seen … Continue reading

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When White Sox didn't want to get the Tigers out in 1901, umpire Tommy Connolly forfeited game to Detroit

When the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox had their memorable “Disco Demolition Night” in 1978, it was not the first time a Tigers-White Sox game resulted in a forfeit in the Windy City. It happened on May 2, 1901, … Continue reading

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