Category Archives: Tale of the Tigers

For one game in 1960, shortstop Casey Wise actually was The Mighty Casey, but he eventually struck out with the Tigers

The day after Casey Wise had his career game on April 24, 1960, the Detroit Free Press ran a six-column headline at the top of the front page of the sports page: “Who Is This Mighty Casey Wise?” It was … Continue reading

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There was a day in 1903 when the Detroit Tigers played a regular-season game at Ramona Park in Grand Rapids

On May 24, 1903, the Detroit Tigers played a regular-season game in Grand Rapids, and their victory moved them into a tie for first place in the American League. In the early 1900s, Detroit did not allow the sale of … Continue reading

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Tigers yielded first grand slam in American League history on May 1, 1901, to White Sox batter who could not hear or speak

On May 1, 1901, Detroit Tigers pitcher Ed Siever gave up the first grand slam in American League history. It happened at South Side Park in Chicago, and it was the third road game in Tigers history. The man who … Continue reading

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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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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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