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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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Matt Kinzer was the only Detroit 'Liger': He was a punter for the Lions and a pitcher for the Tigers

On October 11, 1987, the NFL players were on strike, and the leage was using replacement players. The Lions used a punter named Matt Kinzer for their game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Kinzer, … 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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Ivan Nova a nice low-risk investment for the Tigers, but the upside is limited for the 33-year-old right-hander

It certainly is not big-time breaking news that the Tigers signed free agent pitcher Ivan Nova on Monday, but it is a low-cost move that could pay off in a small dividend. First, and most important to the Tigers, he … 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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