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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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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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Jarrod Patterson, who died earlier in March, had a few highlights in short time with the Tigers

It is strange how baseball works sometimes. In his ninth season of professional baseball, Jarrod Patterson had to accept a demotion to put himself in a position for the biggest promotion of his career. Prior to the 2001 season, Patterson … Continue reading

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A throwback to 1999 when Tigers legend Al Kaline was the subject of a question-and-answer interview

When I worked at The Jackson Citizen Patriot, I wrote a column called 2 ½ minutes. That’s how long it normally took to read it. The column was a question-and-answer format with a topical sports personality. Just days before the … Continue reading

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Second baseman Charlie Gehringer leads mythical all-time Tigers team made up of players born in Michigan

In the 120-year history of the Detroit Tigers in the major leagues, 104 of the 1,701 players were born in Michigan. So, what would an all-time Tigers team made up of players born in Michigan look like? It was a … Continue reading

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Curtis Granderson might have been a better player than Lou Brock, but Granderson doesn’t deserve the Hall of Fame

A few months ago, a baseball fan on Facebook complained that the stat, WAR, was flawed because it could not tell the difference between Lou Brock and Curtis Granderson. I believe that supports WAR as a legitimate statistic. Granderson, who … Continue reading

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Alan Trammell’s ‘ultimate grand slam’ against the Yankees in 1988 was still unforgettable to him 26 years later

There has never been an “ultimate grand slam” that wasn’t thrilling. What’s an “ultimate grand slam.” It is a grand slam hit with a team behind by three runs and in a walk-off situation. And for the first time in … 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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