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About jukeboxjohn

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  • Birthday 04/12/1954


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  1. Strader left when told he would be doing play by play of college basketball (his first love) for ESPN. He started out in Adorondak NY doing basketball and then hockey.
  2. Greenberg was very bitter about his trade to Pittsburgh and how he was treated by Tiger Management. He did come back a few times to Detroit, but he was absent many times for various events. Great story how he was getting "tipped" on pitches after a tiger scout discovered that he could steal signs while using a telescopic lens from a rifle to Zoom in on the catcher from the upper deck bleachers. Greenberg said he tore up pitching and some of the other Tigers did well too. Charley Gerhinger wanted nothing to do with it as he said he could not hit when he knew what pitches were coming.
  3. In the 30s and 40s players used to smoke on the bench before the game. They had women who sold cigaretts in the stands and also passed out packs to the players. I was aghast in the 70s when I saw Mark Belanger of the Orioles sneak a puff while watching a game on TV. There is a picture of Joe Dimaggio on the bench in the visitors dugout with a cigarette in his hands before a game. It was no big deal back then.
  4. Remember 1962 and AL Kaline making a 9th inning tumbling catch to preserve a one run lead and the win against the Yankees on a Saturday Afternoon. Kaline was helped off the field and I was only 8 years old at the time watching the game with my father on "The Game Of The Week" with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese. Dean says, "Kaline looks like he hurt he arm making that catch, but I am sure he will be back in the lineup tomorrow." Kaline broke his collarbone and was lost to the Tigers for 2 months. They never recovered and had a sub-par year.
  5. A fine gentleman who was best (I Think) broadcasting Pistons Basketball. I remember when he first started broadcasting Tiger games and had a bit of trouble on long fly balls thinking they were gone, but were just long outs. He even apologized on the air for that a few times. This is not meant as a knock on him as I always enjoyed his work and how prepared he always seemed to be. In my humble opinion, the best Tiger announcing team in my lifetime was the short lived team of Harwell and Kell in the early 60s.
  6. You would sit on a slab of wood, no backs to the seats up there. Yes, it got rowdy and they had to close it down because of drinking for a time. Remember the story of Willie Horton's dad sitting up there and watching his son hit his first home run. His dad shouted "That's my son!" and everyone shouted at him, "If thats you son, what are you doing in the cheap seats up here??"
  7. He was most known for washing his new car with a Brillo Pad and taking off most of the paint. I thought he was going to do much more in his career but it is what it is.
  8. Kemp swung from the heels and was also a good baseruuner. I saw him hit an inside the park home run against the A's on a Sunday afternoon in 80 or 81. He was always hustling and when he ran onto the field in 1999 at the last game at Tiger Stadium, he hustled out to left field. I liked him as a player and he made some nice memories at Tiger Stadium.
  9. Billy Martin was hated by most of his players, Jim Northrup was at the top of the list. Martin went AWOL after game 4 of the 1972 AL Championship series as I spoke to the late Mr. Northrup about this some years ago. He stood up his wife in the parking lot and went drinking down the street. The next day, he showed up all disheveled and unkept, some 20 minutes before gametime. He made out the line-up card and put catcher Duke Sims in leftfield and sat Northrup who had hit over 300 against the A's starting pitcher Vida Blue that season. The Tigers lost 2-1 and Sims botched a play leading to one of the A's runs. WHen the game was over, it took half the team to hold back Northrup and Willie Horton from punching out Martin.
  10. Joel Horlen not Joe Horlen tossed the no-no in September of 1967. Horlen was known for chewing Kleenex while on the mound (Ernie used to say it all the time.) The White Sox under Eddie Stanky were in the race with the Tigers, Twins, and Red Sox. It was really wild and many in baseball were saying that the White Sox actually froze their baseballs to aid their tough pitching staff and their speed versus power team. I think this game was part of a twin bill on a Sunday and the first game was on TV and I think the Tigers lost and only scored one run. Needless to say, the bats were in the deep freeze that day.
  11. I remember it as I was 18 and watching the game on TV. The game was on National TV (NBC) and also locally on the Tiger Network with George Kell and Larry Osterman. The fans in the lower centerfield bleachers were climbing the screen at the 440 mark in straight away center. Yes, some idiot tossed a smoke bomb and they just let it fizzle out in deep center field. There was mayhem possibly elsewhere, but the cameras did not pan the entire park. As for the fan on the field, that is true too and I don't remember if he put up a tussle when being apprehended. Kell was excited and everyone was just hoping for Tony Taylor with 2 outs to either tie or win the game. He hit a long drive to center and for a moment, Kell got all excited, but it was caught and the A's ran off the field quickly. It was a great series and game 4 is a classic in which I can't find a broadcast or video highlights of anywhere. The Tigers were down 3-1 and were three outs away of being eliminated and they scored three runs. It was one of the most exciting games and the memory of that game has just seemed to have vanished for some reason. The Tigers almost won this series against the mighty A's and it was their last hurrah as it was a veteran team and many were in the twilight of their careers, evident in 1973.
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