And we appreciate the optimism as much today as we did back then.
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Tonight Alex Avila is the Tigers’ starting third baseman in the opener of a three-game series in Denver against the Rockies. Avila’s never played third in the majors but he’s not the first Tigers player to be pressed into action there. Did you know that Al Kaline appeared in two games at third during his career? In 1961, he […]
There’s been a lot written about Jim Northrup in the past 24 hours. Here are some of the more notable pieces: At The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe pulled together Northrup’s career highlights. Among the more interesting tidbits? His first home run came off Robin Roberts. The New York Times placed his obituary its home page. […]
The first-ever autograph I scored was Jim Northrup’s. I’m fairly confident the year was 1978 and it was at my baseball banquet at St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores. Word had spread that there would be a Tigers player at the banquet and I held out hope, despite my brother’s assurances I was nuts, that the Tiger […]
I can clearly remember the bright June day in 1979 when the Tigers fired their manager of only two months, Les Moss, and replaced him with Sparky Anderson, who was fired from the Reds the previous winter. Upon hearing the news on WJR I ran over to the playground where my brother was playing basketball […]
I sure didn’t like living in Texas for the three years I was there, but I’m a big Rangers fan for the next week or so. Sorry, Grandy. Hey, speaking of the postseason, here are a couple of Tigers October memories, courtesy of the fabulous Baseball-Reference.com: On this date in 1984, Padres pitchers tie a […]
Game 163 was one year ago today tomorrow. Here’s our recap … Not to bum you out or anything. ESPN highlights available here. The Score: Twins 6 – Tigers 5, 12 innings The Gist: The Tigers and Twins played a game for the ages and both teams followed the respective scripts of the past three […]