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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/4): Doug Fister (32), Chris Bando (60), Rusty Kuntz (61), Stan Papi (65, played for Tigers 1980-81), Joe Sparma (74, played for Tigers 1964-69, died 1986), Eddie Ainsmith (126, played for Tigers 1919-21, died 1981), Germany Schaefer (140, played for Tigers 1905-09, died 1919).

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There are no images of Bando with the Tigers. He caught one inning as a defensive replacement against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 13, 1988 - the entirety of his Tigers career.

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Schaefer was a prankster. Check out his wikipedia page about stealing first base.

Schaefer was known as both a baseball trickster and a tactician in the early years of 20th century baseball. Well liked, stories of his exploits dot both the memories of his contemporaries and the newspaper reports of the time. One of his most famous exploits was stealing first base, which was perhaps erroneously recalled in Lawrence Ritter's The Glory of Their Times by Detroit outfielder Davy Jones. With runners on first and third, a common ploy in baseball at the time was an attempted double steal, in which the runner heading from first (in this case Schaefer) ran for second, hoping to draw a throw from the catcher as the runner on third tried to scamper home. The catcher did not throw the first time, inspiring Schaefer to steal first base in reverse and then attempt the double steal once more on the following pitch. It worked in Jones' recollection although factual evidence of this is lacking.

On August 4, 1911, Schaefer tried the same stunt again, this time for the Washington Senators, inspiring the Chicago White Sox' manager, Hugh Duffy, to come out of the dugout to protest. With the chaos on the field, Clyde Milan attempted to steal home, where he was thrown out. This event was recorded by both the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune on the following day.

Although it was not passed until 1920, after Schaefer's death, rule 7.08i states that a player is out if "After he has acquired legal possession of a base, he runs the bases in reverse order for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game. The umpire shall immediately call 'Time' and declare the runner out." It is often said that it was passed because of Schaefer's thefts.

His sabr page has another good one.

Schaefer did not reserve his pranks for players alone. According to one story, umpire Jack Sheridan wandered into his favorite Chicago watering-hole for a few drinks one evening. After tilting back a few too many spirits, Sheridan fell asleep on his table, located near a drainpipe. When Schaefer ambled in and saw the ump snoozing, he hopped upstairs and knelt on the floor. Cupping his hands, he moaned into the drainpipe, "Jack Sheridan, your time has come..." After Schaefer's creepy warning was repeated, Sheridan shook himself awake and streaked from the saloon, frightened sober. The incident so spooked Sheridan that he reportedly gave up drinking for a time. Later, Schaefer let the cat out of the bag during a game that Sheridan was working in New York. When Germany strolled to the plate, he couldn't resist moaning, "Jack Sheridan, your time has come..." Sheridan's neck snapped toward Schaefer, "You Dutch so-and-so, you're out of this game!"
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Schaefer was a prankster. Check out his wikipedia page about stealing first base.Schaefer did not reserve his pranks for players alone. According to one story, umpire Jack Sheridan wandered into his favorite Chicago watering-hole for a few drinks one evening. After tilting back a few too many spirits, Sheridan fell asleep on his table, located near a drainpipe. When Schaefer ambled in and saw the ump snoozing, he hopped upstairs and knelt on the floor. Cupping his hands, he moaned into the drainpipe, "Jack Sheridan, your time has come..." After Schaefer's creepy warning was repeated, Sheridan shook himself awake and streaked from the saloon, frightened sober. The incident so spooked Sheridan that he reportedly gave up drinking for a time. Later, Schaefer let the cat out of the bag during a game that Sheridan was working in New York. When Germany strolled to the plate, he couldn't resist moaning, "Jack Sheridan, your time has come..." Sheridan's neck snapped toward Schaefer, "You Dutch so-and-so, you're out of this game!"

Fantastic!

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Here's another great Germany story, or 2:

If there is one player who can be classified as one of baseball's all-time zaniest and lovable characters, it was Herman 'Germany' Schaefer. There have been many stories told about this utility infielder's antics.

On one occasion, a game was played through a torrential downpour and both players and spectators were left guessing why the umpires didn't call the game. Well, in the third inning, Germany stepped up to the plate wearing a raincoat and tall boots with an umbrella in one hand and a bat in the other. The umpire called the game.

Another time, Germany, playing against a hostile crowd, was put into the game as a pinch-hitter and stepped up to the plate as the boos grew deafening. Germany turned to the crowd and announced that they were about to see the greatest batter alive demonstrate his wonderful hitting skills. On the first pitch, Germany hit a homerun out of the ballpark as a stunned crowd gazed at this zany baseball character as he began his trek around the basepath.

The show was not over as Germany, amazingly, slid into first base announcing to the crowd, "Schaefer leads by a head at the quarter". He picked himself up and then slid into each of the remaining bases announcing his progress after each slide. His final slide into home plate was punctuated with Germany leaping to his feet, doffing his cap and then announcing, "This, ladies and gentlemen concludes the afternoon's performance."

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/6): None. Not a one. In their 115 year history, the Tigers have never fielded a player, coach, or manager born on February 6.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/6): None. Not a one. In their 115 year history, the Tigers have never fielded a player, coach, or manager born on February 6.

Doing the math, nine months before February 6 is May 6. Clearly everybody is too hungover from 5o de Mayo to get bizzy and do the bed sheet polka.

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Babe Ruth was born today.

I just saw Hank Aaron turned 82 yesterday. That makes me feel old.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/8): Steve Dillard (65, played for Tigers 1978), Hoot Evers (95, played for Tigers 1941, 1946-52, 1954, died 1991), Don Heffner (105, played for Tigers 1944, coach 1961, died 1989).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/5): Mike Heath (61), Jim Campbell (92, GM 1963-83, President 1978-90).

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I knew Mike Heath was February 5th. Didn't know Jim Campbell was as well. Cool, I'm a February 5th guy myself. Great thread!

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/9): Pat Underwood (59, played for Tigers 1979-80, 1982-83), John Young (67, 2 games in 1971), Vic Wertz (91, played for Tigers 1947-52 & 1961-63, died 1983), Don Hankins (114, played for Tigers 1927, died 1963).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/10): John Gamble (68, played for Tigers 1972-73), Jerry Davie (83, played for Tigers 1959), Bob Logan (106, 1 game in 1937, died 1978), George Quellich (113, played for Tigers 1931, died 1958).

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Jerry Davie, 83, played for Tigers 1959

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I like my 1959 better although my Mega set photo appears to be the same as the actual Topps 1959 of Davie. Hmmmm. :happy:

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/11): Trey Beamon (42), Tom Veryzer (63, played for Tigers 1973-77, died 2014), Ben Oglivie (67, played for Tigers 1974-77), Willie Smith (77, played for Tigers 1963, died 2006), George Alusik (81, played for Tigers 1958 & 1961-62).

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Alusik was a decent utility guy. Not many outfielder/accountants back in the day. Need a right handed pinch hitter? Alusik was there. Need a tax shelter? Alusik was there.

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Alusik was a decent utility guy. Not many outfielder/accountants back in the day. Need a right handed pinch hitter? Alusik was there. Need a tax shelter? Alusik was there.

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Alusik was a decent utility guy. Not many outfielder/accountants back in the day. Need a right handed pinch hitter? Alusik was there. Need a tax shelter? Alusik was there.

Interesting that he played in 58, 61 and 62 but his card reads that he was a rookie in 62. Did he only have limited time during the other two years? Was he busy with his accounting job and that kept him from playing for a full season?

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Interesting that he played in 58, 61 and 62 but his card reads that he was a rookie in 62. Did he only have limited time during the other two years? Was he busy with his accounting job and that kept him from playing for a full season?

He was a tax accountant. He found a loophole.

2 games and 2 plate appearances in 1959. 15 games and 16 plate appearances in 1961. He was still darn near brand new in 1962.

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Willie Smith was a remarkable guy. Check his 1963 season with Syracuse:

Willie Smith Register Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com

A .912 OPS in 89 plate appearances, and 14-2 with a 2.11 ERA. Throws left, bats left, Babe Ruth. He didn't end up pitching much in the big leagues, but managed to hang around for a few years with his bat. He was born in Anniston, Alabama and played briefly for the Birmingham Black Barons before the Negro League disbanded in 1960. When his career was over he went back home to Anniston and I believe worked in parks and recreation. He died in Anniston just shy of his 67th birthday.

In 1961, while Willie was playing for Class A Knoxville, Anniston was the site of the first attack by the KKK on the Freedom Riders bus.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/12): Gary Knotts (39), Chet Lemon (61), Pat Dobson (74, played for Tigers 1967-69, died 2006), Jerry Walker (77, GM 1993), Andy Harrington (113, 1 game in 1925, died 1979), Harry Arndt (137, played for Tigers 1902, died 1921).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (2/13): Ryan Perry (29), Frank Williams (58, died 2009), Jim Brideweser (89, played for Tigers 1956, died 1989), Hack Miller (103, played for Tigers 1944-45, died 1966), George Gill (107, played for Tigers 1937-39, died 1999), Ben Dyer (123, played for Tigers 1916-19, died 1959), Fritz Buelow (140, played for Tigers 1901-04, died 1933).

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