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Sad news I found out about today, but never saw posted

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Well, from the response of my last post about Earl Harrist, I thought I would share what I found out today in pursuit of my Tiger autograph collection:

From BaseballLibrary.com:

September 27, 1940: Besides Bobo Newsom (21-5), Schoolboy Rowe (16-3), and Tommy Bridges (12-9), the Tigers pitching staff combines for a losing record. Needing one victory to gain the title, manager Del Baker decides to withhold Newsom and Rowe and picks Floyd Giebell, an obscure rookie just called in from Buffalo. Giebell shuts out the Indians 2-0 to beat Bob Feller, who gives up just 3 hits. Not eligible for the WS, Giebell never wins another game in the ML. During the game, unruly Cleveland fans shower the field with fruit and vegetables. At one point, a basket of green tomatoes is dropped onto Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts' head while he sits in the bullpen.

Giebell's baseball career was cut short by the draft of WWII, where he served with the USCG for 2 years.

Floyd Giebell passed away April 28, 2004 at the age of 94.

He was married to his wife for 62 (yes that is what his obit said 62!!) years. He had 2 kids, a daughter and a son who preceded him in death Sergeant Floyd Stephen Giebell, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969.

I am finding the deceased alumni more interesting than the ones who are still among us. I am starting to feel like I am becoming a Tiger historian....and I love it.

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