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5 hours ago, BoomGaspar said:

Tito Fuentes (75, played for Tigers 1977)

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There are no images of Kevin Wickander (21 games in 1995) with the Tigers.

https://www.blessyouboys.com/2014/5/22/5736898/tito-fuentes-the-tigers-first-free-agent-was-also-the-teams-first-hot

Fuentes was credited with one of the game's best quotes, uttered after he was brushed back one night.

"They shouldn't throw at me," Fuentes said. "I'm the father of five or six kids."

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11 hours ago, Oblong said:

https://www.blessyouboys.com/2014/5/22/5736898/tito-fuentes-the-tigers-first-free-agent-was-also-the-teams-first-hot

Fuentes was credited with one of the game's best quotes, uttered after he was brushed back one night.

"They shouldn't throw at me," Fuentes said. "I'm the father of five or six kids."

That's one great quote. Thanks.

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Saturday's Tiger birthdays (1/5): Jose Iglesias (29), Kevin Witt (43), Mark Redman (45), Bill Laxton (71, played for Tigers 1976).

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Sunday's Tiger birthdays (1/6): Casey Fossum (41), Bob Adams (67, played for Tigers 1977), Lenny Green (86, played for Tigers 1967-68), Ralph Branca (93, played for Tigers 1953-54, died 2016), Tom Ferrick (104, coach 1960-63, died 1996), Billy Purtell (133, played for Tigers 1914, died 1962), Joe Lake (138, played for Tigers 1912-13, died 1950).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/7): Francisco Rodriguez (37), Brayan Pena (37), Jim Hannan (79, 7 games in 1971), Ray Semproch (88, played for Tigers 1960), Johnny Grabowski (119, played for Tigers 1931, died 1946), Topper Rigney (122, played for Tigers 1922-25, died 1972).

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1 hour ago, BoomGaspar said:

Sunday's Tiger birthdays (1/6): Casey Fossum (41), Bob Adams (67, played for Tigers 1977), Lenny Green (86, played for Tigers 1967-68), Ralph Branca (93, played for Tigers 1953-54, died 2016), Tom Ferrick (104, coach 1960-63, died 1996), Billy Purtell (133, played for Tigers 1914, died 1962), Joe Lake (138, played for Tigers 1912-13, died 1950).

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Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Lenny Green dies on 86th birthday

 

 

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/8): Kevin Whelan (35), Brian Johnson (51), Randy Nosek (52), Reno Bertoia (84, played for Tigers 1953-58 & 1961-62, died 2011).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/9): Freddy Dolsi (36), Ivan DeJesus (66), Phil Mankowski (66, played for Tigers 1976-79), Bob Cluck (73, coach 2003-05), Julio Navarro (85, played for Tigers 1964-66, died 2018), Frank Barnes (119, 4 games in 1929, died 1967).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/10): Matt Roney (39), Jason Jimenez (43), Jim Lindeman (57), George Korince (73, 11 total games in 1966-67), Jack Dittmer (91, played for Tigers 1957, died 2014), Del Pratt (131, played for Tigers 1923-24, died 1977).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/11): Warren Morris (45), Lloyd McClendon (60), Don Mossi (90, played for Tigers 1959-63), Neil Berry (97, played for Tigers 1948-52, died 2016), Schoolboy Rowe (109, played for Tigers 1933-42, died 1961), General Crowder (120, played for Tigers 1934-36, died 1972).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/12): Dontrelle Willis (37), Mike Trujillo (59), Bob Reed (74, played for Tigers 1969-70), Lefty Lorenzen (126, 1 game in 1913, died 1963).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/13): Jose Capellan (38, died 2015), Orlando Miller (50), Gene Roof (61, coach 1992-95), Jim Foor (70, played for Tigers 1971-72), Les Cain (71, played for Tigers 1968 & 1970-72).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/14): Erick Aybar (35), Mike Pelfrey (35), Dave Campbell (77, 11 total games in 1967-68), Ken Johnson (96, 9 games in 1952, died 2004).

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Went to an autograph signing once at Gibralter to see George Kell.  Dave Campbell was going to be signing later that day.  They had the stuff out where you could buy things to sign.

Saw a lady in line as we're doing the "rope around and around" holding a Dave Campbell 8x10... presumably for George Kell to sign.

 

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On 1/13/2019 at 3:32 PM, LooseGoose said:

Yikes a career 12.00 era and a 3.50 WHiP.

Cain's career ended rather abruptly at age 24.....must have been some sort of arm injury, though I don't recall that.

 

That is actually a very interesting story:

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/b03304a2

Les Cain’s story doesn’t end with his baseball career, though. While players like Curt Flood took on the reserve clause and Andy Messersmith, Dave McNally, and Catfish Hunter paved the way for free agency, Cain took a stand in a different way. With his baseball career over, he filed a disability claim against the Detroit Tigers in 1973 with the Michigan Bureau of Workman’s Compensation. He said he was effectively forced to play through the injury. Though Cain was employed when he filed the claim—he was in California working for Bank of America in Oakland—he was unable to play baseball.

In late 1976, Cain received a favorable verdict; the Tigers were forced to retroactively pay him $111 a week for the rest of his life, and The Sporting News said on January 1, 1977, that the decision “could set a precedent for all of professional sports.” No longer could a player be abused by his team then dumped without just compensation. Cain said it best in an Associated Press story printed in the February 8, 1977, issue of the Oakland Tribune on February 8, 1977. He said, “I paid into the disability program and felt I should be compensated for the injury. The baseball people look at the verdict as unusual I guess because they’d been saving a lot of money all of those years. They’d never had to pay anybody before.”

 

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40 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

That is actually a very interesting story:

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/b03304a2

Les Cain’s story doesn’t end with his baseball career, though. While players like Curt Flood took on the reserve clause and Andy Messersmith, Dave McNally, and Catfish Hunter paved the way for free agency, Cain took a stand in a different way. With his baseball career over, he filed a disability claim against the Detroit Tigers in 1973 with the Michigan Bureau of Workman’s Compensation. He said he was effectively forced to play through the injury. Though Cain was employed when he filed the claim—he was in California working for Bank of America in Oakland—he was unable to play baseball.

In late 1976, Cain received a favorable verdict; the Tigers were forced to retroactively pay him $111 a week for the rest of his life, and The Sporting News said on January 1, 1977, that the decision “could set a precedent for all of professional sports.” No longer could a player be abused by his team then dumped without just compensation. Cain said it best in an Associated Press story printed in the February 8, 1977, issue of the Oakland Tribune on February 8, 1977. He said, “I paid into the disability program and felt I should be compensated for the injury. The baseball people look at the verdict as unusual I guess because they’d been saving a lot of money all of those years. They’d never had to pay anybody before.”

 

Thanks for that, I'd never heard it before.   In terms of $$ in the 70s, $111 a week was quite a nice bit of supplemental pay.  I wonder if it's gotten adjusted upward over the years?     Either way, thanks for posting that.

 

 

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/15): Armando Galarraga (37), George Cappuzzello (65, played for Tigers 1981), Luis Alvarado (70, 2 games in 1977, died 2001), Mike Marshall (76, played for Tigers 1967), Steve Gromek (99, played for Tigers 1953-57, died 2002), Grover Lowdermilk (134, played for Tigers 1915-16, died 1968).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/16): Warwick Saupold (29), Marty Castillo (62), Johnny Watson (111, 4 games in 1930, died 1965), Brad Kocher (131, played for Tigers 1912, died 1965).

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Unfortunately, Marty Castillo has served time in prison, here in Florida. I’m unsure of the specific charges and I will not mention them on this message board. Marty was in the right place at the right time for the ‘84 Tigers. If my memory is correct, I believe Marty got 2 years of MLB service time in Detroit. Marty wasn’t on Detroit’s 25 man roster long enough to actually make much MLB money. In 1983-84, the rookie salary was about $63,000 before taxes. Marty was out of baseball by 1986. I hope he is now finding some stability in his life.

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5 hours ago, UCFKNIGHT92 said:

Unfortunately, Marty Castillo has served time in prison, here in Florida. I’m unsure of the specific charges and I will not mention them on this message board. Marty was in the right place at the right time for the ‘84 Tigers. If my memory is correct, I believe Marty got 2 years of MLB service time in Detroit. Marty wasn’t on Detroit’s 25 man roster long enough to actually make much MLB money. In 1983-84, the rookie salary was about $63,000 before taxes. Marty was out of baseball by 1986. I hope he is now finding some stability in his life.

I also thought I had heard that after Castillo was cut as a 3B he tried a comeback as a pitcher - he did have a cannon from 3b-- but I don't see any record that he ever got into a game even in the minors as a pitcher.

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