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Today's Tiger birthdays (6/12): Avisail Garcia (28), Scott Aldred (51), Matty McIntyre (139, played for Tigers 1904-10, died 1920).

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5 hours ago, BoomGaspar said:

Matty McIntyre (139, played for Tigers 1904-10, died 1920).

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Interesting haircut.

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McIntyre is an interesting story. Apparently he and Cobb didn’t exchange Christmas cards. 

The following from Wikipedia:

His best season was 1908, when he helped lead the Tigers to the World Series and was the second best hitter in the American League (behind teammate Ty Cobb). In 1908, McIntyre was first in the American League in several categories: plate appearances (672), times on base (258), runs (105), and singles (131). In 1908, he was also among the leaders in almost every other offensive category: No. 2 in on-base percentage (.392), fifth in batting average (.295), fifth in slugging percentage (.385), fourth in OPS (.775), third in hits (168), 4th in total bases (218), 9th in doubles (24), fifth in triples (13), third in bases on balls (83), 3rd in runs created, and 7th in extra base hits (37).

Despite his impressive performance on the field, McIntyre may be best remembered as the leader of the "anti-Cobb" clique on the Tigers during Cobb's early years. McIntyre joined the Tigers in 1904 and was a 26-year-old starter when 18-year-old Cobb joined the team in 1905. Early in Cobb's rookie season, Cobb went after a flyball that was clearly in McIntyre's left field territory. By cutting in front, Cobb caused McIntyre to drop the ball, infuriating McIntyre. McIntyre was a Connecticut Yankee who had little in common with the taciturn kid from Georgia. McIntyre and his cohorts led a prolonged hazing campaign, locking Cobb out of an empty washroom, flicking food at Cobb, and nailing his shoes to the clubhouse floor. Cobb's legendary temper only added fuel to the fire, and the McIntyre-Cobb feud continued until McIntyre was sold to the White Sox after the 1910 season. (Cobb's feud with McIntyre is documented in Al Stump's 1994 book, "Cobb: The Life and Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball.")

McIntyre died of tuberculosis in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan. He was 39.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (6/13): James McCann (29), Drew Smyly (30), Justin Miller (32), Bob Strampe (69, 7 games in 1972), Gene Desautels (112, played for Tigers 1930-33, died 1994), Marty Kavanagh (128, played for Tigers 1914-16 & 1918, died 1960).

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2 hours ago, RandyMarsh said:

I can honestly say I have absolutely no recollection of Justin Miller.    

Remember that weekend when you were on night shift?  That's when they called him up.

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15 hours ago, RandyMarsh said:

I can honestly say I have absolutely no recollection of Justin Miller.    

Really?  What kind of fan are you?

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Today's Tiger birthdays (6/14): Michael Hollimon (37), Mike Laga (59), Bill Fahey (69, played for Tigers 1981-83), Hal Manders (102, played for Tigers 1941-46 & 1946, died 2010).

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14 minutes ago, BoomGaspar said:

Hal Manders (102, played for Tigers 1941-46 & 1946, died 2010).

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"People that I don't know, that aren't even born yet, from all over the world, are going to wish me a happy birthday on some electronic communication device long after I'm dead?  Gadzooks, now I've heard it all."

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Today's Tiger birthdays (6/17): David Pauley (36), Matt Kinzer (56), Claude Rossman (138, played for Tigers 1907-09, died 1928).

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