Category Archives: Chip’s Shots

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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Here are the best Game 7s in Detroit pro sports history

To a sports fan, the words “Game 7” are magical. Tonight, baseball fans will be treated to Game 7 of the World Series, and the Kansas City Royals are the fortunate hosts to the San Francisco Giants. While it’s hard … Continue reading

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