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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/20): Lino Urdaneta (36), Ron Cash (66, played for Tigers 1973-74, died 2009), Lou Berberet (86, played for Tigers 1959-60, died 2004), Grover Resinger (100, coach 1969-70, died 1986), Augie Prudhomme (113, played for Tigers 1929, died 1992), Ray Powell (127, 2 games in 1913, died 1962).

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When Ron Cash got called up in '73, the team wanted to put "N Cash" on Norm's uniform, which previously had "Cash". It really upset him - he felt that people should already know which one was which. He was right of course but I just remember thinking that it was odd that something like that would set him off.

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I thought Ron Cash was going to be a star because he batted .410 in 46 PA in his rookie season.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/21): Quintin Berry (31), Rick Peters (60, played for Tigers 1979-81), Daryl Patterson (72, played for Tigers 1968-71), Paul Richards (107, played for Tigers 1943-46, died 1986), Bill Morrisette (121, played for Tigers 1920, died 1966), Gus Hetling (130, 2 games in 1906, died 1962).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/22): Joe Nathan (41), Dick Bartell (108, played for Tigers 1940-41, died 1995), Harry Rice (114, played for Tigers 1928-30, died 1971).

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Ricky Peters, quite the little hot dog. I just looked at his career on b-r and he could really draw walks, all through the minors and into the majors - invariably more walks than K's. So that gave him some high OBP's. He wasn't all that fast on the bases and he couldn't throw at all. The trade of Ron LeFlore opened up a spot for Peters in center in 1980 and he had a not-bad-ish rookie year as the full-time starter. He tailed off a bit in 1981, and the arrival of Chester Lemon in 1982 was the end of the line for Ricky.

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Ricky Peters, quite the little hot dog. I just looked at his career on b-r and he could really draw walks, all through the minors and into the majors - invariably more walks than K's. So that gave him some high OBP's. He wasn't all that fast on the bases and he couldn't throw at all. The trade of Ron LeFlore opened up a spot for Peters in center in 1980 and he had a not-bad-ish rookie year as the full-time starter. He tailed off a bit in 1981, and the arrival of Chester Lemon in 1982 was the end of the line for Ricky.

I wonder if his OBP would have been appreciated more today. Billy Beane would have had his eye on him.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/23): Jeff Ferrell (25), Casper Wells (31), Dan Whitmer (60, coach 1992-94).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/24): Jim Northrup (76, played for Tigers 1964-74, died 2011), Walter Wilson (102, played for Tigers 1945, died 1994), Billy Rogell (111, played for Tigers 1930-39, died 2003), Ralph Comstock (125, played for Tigers 1913, died 1966), Sam McMackin (143, 1 game in 1902, died 1903).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/25): Octavio Dotel (42), Randy Veres (50), Bob Rathbun (61, broadcaster 1992-94), Don Leshnock (69, 1 game in 1972, died 2012), Wayne Redmond (70, played for Tigers 1965 & 1969), Ray Narleski (87, played for Tigers 1959, died 2012).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/26): Corey Knebel (24), Mike Moore (56), Richie Hebner (68), John Kerr (117, played for Tigers 1923-24, died 1993).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/27): Jason Beverlin (42), Ivan Rodriguez (44), Bob Schultz (92, 1 game in 1955, died 1979).

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Bob Rathbun looks a little possessed, eh?

I think a lot of people had that look on their face when watching Mike Moore pitch.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/28): Nook Logan (36), Adam Bernero (39), Jeff Datz (56), Fritz Fisher (74, 1 game in 1964), Purnal Goldy (78, played for Tigers 1962-63, died 2009), Frank O'Rourke (122, played for Tigers 1924-26, died 1986).

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I saw Purnal Goldy play. He was in right field for Syracuse when I was sitting in right field at War Memorial Stadium, the Rock Pile, in Buffalo in 1963. The Bisons were a Mets farm team then, and Joe Christopher was in right field for them. Someone hit a ball over Christopher's head, he picked it up at the fence and threw it back towards the infield, and we could hear it buzz. Right fielder's arm.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/29): Tony Giarratano (33), Francis Beltran (36), Steve Rodriguez (45), Bob Hamelin (48), Howard Johnson (55), Bill Freehan (74), Dick McAuliffe (76), George Thomas (78, played for Tigers 1957-58, 1961, 1963-65), Joe Orengo (101, played for Tigers 1944, died 1988).

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I bet he ate the whole thing himself.

In the early 90s there were two complexes in Dearborn that had luxury apts and condos that were furnished. Delivered to a lot of tigers at the time. Chris Gomez and Sean Bergman. Scott Livingstone. Hamelin. One of the announcers. Jimmy Barrett who was the PA guy and also a radio host. I know that Bo and Sparky lived there too and I saw Buddy Bells name on the directory. Also teams at the time stayed at the Hyatt and Ritz and would deliver to them.

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I was at a game in 1997 with my dad, and in Hamelin's first at-bat, he walked on four straight pitches. The next time he came up, 2 men were on. The count went to 3-0, and my dad announced to our entire row "They don't wanna pitch to the Ham Bone!" On the very next pitch, Hamelin absolutely launched a 3 run bomb. Thus, the legend of "Ham Bone" was born.

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