February 17, 2010

Wednesday Walewanders: Just Barely

spaghetti.jpgThere are about 29 minutes left of Wednesday, so I can still file this collection of Tigers thoughts and make my self-imposed deadline.

  • Did you see that Hall of Famer and Detroit Stars centerfielder Norman “Turkey” Stearnes will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Friday? The article in the Nashville Tennessean begins with this anecdote:
    Norman “Turkey” Stearnes could work for Walter Briggs. He just couldn’t play for him.

    During the offseasons between leading the Negro League in home runsseven times, the Nashville native worked in a Detroit car factory owned by Briggs, who also owned the major league Detroit Tigers.could work for Walter Briggs. He just couldn’t play for him.

    Stearnes hit .400+ three times and posted a .350 career batting average with the Stars, the Nashville Elite Giants, the Montgomery Grey Sox, and the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues.

  • I’ve had it with the Johnny Damon saga. Here’s hoping that Dave Dombrowski and Mike Ilitch gave up dealing with Scott Boras for Lent. Assuming they’re Catholic, of course.

  • I tweeted about this but it’s worth repeating (at least I think it is): On this date in 1995 Sparky Anderson lit the flame that burned his bridge to Mike Ilitch when he refused to manage replacement players. He was put on an involuntary leave of absence but probably would’ve been fired if someone hadn’t talked Ilitch down from the ledge. Quick quiz: Who managed the faux Tigers in Sparky’s absence? Answer: Tom Runnells.

Whew! I made it.

2 Comment(s)

  1. Jim Craddock | Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    As much as I think Damon would help the Tigers’ offense, I don’t want them to sign him. It’s clear that Boras brought the Tigers into the negiotiations to drive up his price, figuring he could get Ilitch to open the vault. Let’s go with the kids. It’s about time the Tigers’ position prospects started paying dividends enyway. Let Damon sign with the Sox and we’ll have plenty of chances to boo him, and the Tigers will have plenty of chances to show him he made a mistake.

  2. Mike McClary | Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    Amen to that, Jim.

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