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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.

Hank! How could I forget Hank. Worst hitting pitcher ever. I saw him hit a triple on TV at Yankee Stadium, IIRC, when - in an act of extreme disrespect - they pulled the outfielders in just short of the infield and by some miracle of the Incarnate God he lofted one over their heads that rolled lazily to the monuments. Anyone else would have had an inside-the-Parker but he only legged out a triple. It was still really cool.

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Hank! How could I forget Hank. Worst hitting pitcher ever. I saw him hit a triple on TV at Yankee Stadium, IIRC, when - in an act of extreme disrespect - they pulled the outfielders in just short of the infield and by some miracle of the Incarnate God he lofted one over their heads that rolled lazily to the monuments. Anyone else would have had an inside-the-Parker but he only legged out a triple. It was still really cool.

I think that I might have seen the same thing, in black and white of course. I could be imagining this but I think that he was grinning up at the broadcast booth when he was standing on third base, grinning at Dizzy Dean - am I just imagining that?

Ernie Harwell just loved that guy, the handsome son of a gun with the movie star smile and the goofy personality. If there are any regrets to be had about 1968, one might be that Hank wasn't there. He was traded before the season started. I know, he was probably out of gas, but it would have been great to see him on that team.

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Earl Wilson made it though, and hit seven home runs as a pitcher in 1968. I also remember Dave Wickersham's acne scars from my baseball cards. That was '64, I think. Won 19 games once. Don't want to cheat by looking it up though.

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Earl was a treat. I don't remember Wickersham being a big winner, but I do remember him having some of those horse-crap high "winning percentages" for a couple of years, probably one year with the Kansas City A's. I can't remember who was traded to the Kansas City A's for Wickersham. Like you said, no cheating by looking things up.

EDIT - where does Jerry Lumpe fit in? Am I even in the right decade?

Edited by Charles Liston

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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".

The time when the Tigers had both Billy Bean and Billy Beane must have been trying for Sparky.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/10): Terry Pearson (44), Kenny Rogers (51), Shawn Holman (51), Larry Parrish (62), Norm Cash (81, died 1986), Chick King (85, played for Tigers 1954-56, died 2012), Johnny Lipon (93, played for Tigers 1942 & 1946-52, died 1998), Russ Kerns (95, 1 at bat in 1945, died 2000), Birdie Tebbetts (103, played for Tigers 1936-42 & 1946-47, died 1999), Jimmy Dykes (119, manager 1959-60, died 1976), Vernon "Slicker" Parks (119, 10 games in 1921, died 1978), Del Gainer (129, played for Tigers 1909 & 1911-14, died 1947), Billy Lush (142, played for Tigers 1903, died 1951).

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Images, part two (Parks, Gainer, Lush):

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Thirteen is the largest number of birthdays on a single day that I have posted thus far. In fact, I just discovered that this board only allows ten images per post.

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Hank! How could I forget Hank. Worst hitting pitcher ever. I saw him hit a triple on TV at Yankee Stadium, IIRC, when - in an act of extreme disrespect - they pulled the outfielders in just short of the infield and by some miracle of the Incarnate God he lofted one over their heads that rolled lazily to the monuments. Anyone else would have had an inside-the-Parker but he only legged out a triple. It was still really cool.
I cheated and looked it up. It was a game versus the Yankees in Yankee Stadium June 4, 1967. It was, as I recall correctly, a bases-loaded triple. Off of Yankee pitcher Fritz Petersen. Hank was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, and the game went into extra innings with the Tigers finally winning 11 to 7.

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I cheated and looked it up. It was a game versus the Yankees in Yankee Stadium June 4, 1967. It was, as I recall correctly, a bases-loaded triple. Off of Yankee pitcher Fritz Petersen. Hank was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, and the game went into extra innings with the Tigers finally winning 11 to 7.

Wow. Not Dizzy Dean then in the booth I think, I'd say that that was a couple of years too late for Diz. I must be thinking of some other event.

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

I do not remember Greene passing on. I got these autographed just a few months before he died. Wow.

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I'd still love to know why at the age of 26 he suddenly couldn't find an employer among all of the major league teams, on any of their farm teams, after hitting 32 home runs 3 years earlier at AA/AAA. It's bewildering. Is it possible that he could make more money in Mexico back then than he could in AAA?

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/11): Jason Grilli (39), Damion Easley (46), Ownie Carroll (113, played for Tigers 1925 & 1927-30, died 1975), Bill Steen (128, played for Tigers 1915, died 1979), Jack Ness (130, played for Tigers 1911, died 1957).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/12): Gary Thurman (51), Herm Merritt (115, played for Tigers 1921, died 1927), Red McDermott (127, 5 games in 1912, died 1964), Ed Killian (139, played for Tigers 1904-1910, died 1928).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/13): Gerald Laird (36), Vic Darensbourg (45), Dan Petry (57), Steve Bilko (87, played for Tigers 1960, died 1978), Jim Delsing (90, played for Tigers 1952-56, died 2006).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/14): Clete Thomas (32), Fu-Te Ni (33), Willie Hernandez (61), Johnnie Seale (77, played for Tigers 1964-65), Fred Carisch (134, 2 games in 1923, died 1977).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/15): Duane Below (30), Todd Steverson (44), Ryan Jackson (44), Bob Farley (78, played for Tigers 1962), Babe Ellison (119, played for Tigers 1916-20, died 1955), Hap Ward (130, 1 game in 1912, died 1979).

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Hap Ward is the fourth "Ty Cobb replacement player" to be featured in this thread.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/16): Harry Chiti (83, played for Tigers 1960-61, died 2002), Frank Bolling (84, played for Tigers 1954 & 1956-60), Paul Foytack (85, played for Tigers 1953 & 1955-63).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/17): Shane Greene (27), Billy McMillon (44), Brad Havens (56, played for Tigers 1989), Rick Rizzs (62, broadcaster 1992-94), Orlando Pena (82, played for Tigers 1965-66), Dick Weik (88, played for Tigers 1953-54, died 1991), Davey Claire (118, 3 games in 1920, died 1956), Willie Jensen (126, played for Tigers 1912, died 1917), George Stalllings (148, manager 1901, died 1929).

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As always...100 points to anyone who can produce an image of Havens with the Tigers.

Edited by BoomGaspar

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/18): Phil Stidham (47), Gary Sheffield (47), Luis Pujols (60), Charlie Fuchs (102, played for Tigers 1942, died 1969), Jack Coombs (133, 2 games in 1920, died 1957), Deacon McGuire (152, played for Tigers 1885, 1888, 1902-03, 1912, coach 1911-16, died 1936).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/19): Bryan Holaday (28), Dickie Noles (59).

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I very much doubt that any images of Noles with the Tigers exist. He pitched 2 innings in 1987 and is one of four players in MLB history to be traded for himself. He was traded from the Cubs to the Tigers on September 22, 1987 for a player to be named. After a month in which the Tigers and Cubs were unable to decide on a player, the Tigers simply shipped Noles back to the Cubs. The Cubs released Noles 17 days later.

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