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Today's Tiger birthdays

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The Perry brothers and the Niekro brothers had that in common. All four of them usually looked a minimum of ten years older than they actually were.

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Jim Perry played for the Tigers? It figures that it would be 1973 when the average age on the team was about 57.

Billy Martin loved his veterans.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (10/31): Tim Byrdak (42), Matt Nokes (52), Jim Donohue (77, played for Tigers 1961), Ed Fisher (139, 1 game in 1902, died 1951).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/1): Eddie Williams (51), Pat Mullin (98, played for Tigers 1940-41 & 1946-53, died 1999), Heinie Schuble (109, played for Tigers 1929 & 1932-35, died 1990).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/2): Melvin Mercedes (25), Wilson Betemit (34), Chief Hogsett (112, played for Tigers 1929-36 & 1944, died 2001).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/3): Alex Wilson (29), Mike Christopher (52), Larry Herndon (62), Red Phillips (107, played for Tigers 1934 & 1936, died 1988), Jim H. Walkup (120, 2 games in 1927, died 1990).

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The Tigers have had two pitchers named "Jim Walkup". Both were born in Havana, Arkansas - Jim H. Walkup on November 3, 1895, and Jim E. Walkup on December 14, 1909. Today's Jim Walkup appeared in two games for the 1927 Tigers, and, in my opinion, looks vaguely like Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in "A League Of Their Own". Baseball-Reference does not list them as being related, so I suppose it is possible that one small Arkansas town produced two major league players with the same name within 14 years of one another. The only other MLB player born in Havana, AR is Johnny Sain, featured earlier in this thread as a Tigers coach. According to the 2010 census, Havana is home to a grand total of 375 residents.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/4): Tito Francona (82, played for Tigers 1958), Skeeter Webb (106, played for Tigers 1945-47, died 1986), Bill Leinhauser (122, 1 game in 1912, died 1978).

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Bill Leinhauser is the second "Ty Cobb replacement player" featured in this thread. An amateur boxer at the time, Leinhauser went 0-4 in his one major league game, but did not commit an error playing center field. Following his one game MLB career, Leinhauser served in World War I and became a police officer in Philadelphia, a position he held for 41 years.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/5): Johnny Damon (42), Glenn Dishman (45), Lloyd Moseby (56), Carl Fischer (110, played for Tigers 1933-35, died 1963).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/6): Deivi Cruz (43), Bubba Trammell (44), Chad Curtis (47), Frank Carswell (96, played for Tigers 1953, died 1998).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/7): Andy Tomberlin (49), Orlando Mercado (54), Tom Walker (67, played for Tigers 1975), Joe Niekro (71, played for Tigers 1970-72, died 2006).

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Andy Tomberlin went on a tear right in the middle of the 1998 season. I got his autograph when we were at a game in Chicago. Seemed a decent fellow.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/8): Shane Halter (46), Mike Roarke (85, played for Tigers 1961-64), Bucky Harris (119, 11 total games in 1929 & 1931, also manager 1929-33 and 1955-56, died 1977).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/9): Joel Zumaya (31), Beiker Graterol (41), Al Greene (61, played for Tigers 1979, died 2014), Whitey Herzog (84, played for Tigers 1963), Bill Bruton (90, played for Tigers 1961-64, died 1995), Jerry Priddy (96, played for Tigers 1950-53, died 1980), Benny McCoy (100, played for Tigers 1938-39, died 2011), Jim McGarr (127, 1 game in 1912, died 1981).

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McGarr is the third "Ty Cobb replacement player" to be featured in this thread.

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Going back a page, the name Kid Gleason stuck out, for he was the manager of the Black Sox...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_Gleason

Other Tigers that played at least one game for the Tigers, on or associated with the Tigers were Eddie Cicotte, "Sleepy" Bill Burns, and Billy Maharg (during the Philadelphia strike).Cicotte was traded to a minor league team in Augusta for some kid named Ty Cobb.

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Each of us has a set of "original Tigers", the guys who were on the team when we first became aware of it, and started to listen on the radio and read the newspaper articles. I'm enjoying this thread in general but I particularly like the trading cards for my original Tigers. I've seen a couple during the past week, Mike Roarke and Billy Bruton. No matter what the guy's name is, you can always hear Ernie's voice saying it.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/9): Al Greene (61, played for Tigers 1979, died 2014)kZSZgaO.jpg

Altar Greene hit 32 home runs in 1978, at age 23, split between Double A and Triple A. And, if you were a reader of The Sporting News, you knew about him. Lefthanded power hitter, Detroit born and raised, he seemed like a big part of the Tigers' future. He had another great half-year in Triple A in 1979, and got called up and had a largely unsuccessful 2 months in the bigs. The next year, in Triple A again, he was traded to the Cardinals in mid season, and spent the rest of the year on their Triple A team.

And that was it. End of career, age 25. Or at least end of MLB-affiliate career, he played in Mexico for the next 7 years. What the hell happened?

And, a couple of years ago, he dies at age 59. Christ, he's younger than I am. What the hell happened?

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Altar Greene hit 32 home runs in 1978, at age 23, split between Double A and Triple A. And, if you were a reader of The Sporting News, you knew about him. Lefthanded power hitter, Detroit born and raised, he seemed like a big part of the Tigers' future. He had another great half-year in Triple A in 1979, and got called up and had a largely unsuccessful 2 months in the bigs. The next year, in Triple A again, he was traded to the Cardinals in mid season, and spent the rest of the year on their Triple A team.

And that was it. End of career, age 25. Or at least end of MLB-affiliate career, he played in Mexico for the next 7 years. What the hell happened?

And, a couple of years ago, he dies at age 59. Christ, he's younger than I am. What the hell happened?

He recorded some really nice albums.

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He recorded some really nice albums.

I know, yeah - "Still in Love With You", but then he went all gospel which seemed like such a waste at the time considering the R&B success that was stretched out in front of him. But give him credit though for being true to his calling.

You other guys - not the same Al Greene. It's Green actually, just like "Bean" and "Beane".

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Each of us has a set of "original Tigers", the guys who were on the team when we first became aware of it, and started to listen on the radio and read the newspaper articles. I'm enjoying this thread in general but I particularly like the trading cards for my original Tigers. I've seen a couple during the past week, Mike Roarke and Billy Bruton. No matter what the guy's name is, you can always hear Ernie's voice saying it.
Jake, Willie, Al, Bill, Bill, Dick, Norm, Rocky...if anyone needs last names then I'm banning you.

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Jake, Willie, Al, Bill, Bill, Dick, Norm, Rocky...if anyone needs last names then I'm banning you.

Chico. And Steve too. And what a staff - Hank led the majors in ERA (Koufax was second). Jim was still there, Terry in the bullpen. The most awesome team ever, cursed by sharing the league with Roger-Mickey-Yogi-Whitey.

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