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Jack Feller caught one inning as a defensive replacement on September 13, 1958. He did not have an at-bat, although he did get to catch future Hall-of-Famer Jim Bunning. That was the entirety of his MLB career.

That's 3 more outs than the rest of us schlubs had combined in the bigs.

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If I may, I sat next to Jack at many spring training games in the late 90's. Really nice guy, who saw the humor in his big league career. He owned a couple of trailers he rented to Lakeland players. He introduced me to Frank Lary and Reno Bertoia who both signed a baseball for me. He was a big fan of a young catcher named Mike Rivera. He sure had a lot of Tiger friends who stopped by to say hey.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/11): Mike Henneman (54), Rick Knapp (54), Bob Sykes (61), George "Slick" Coffman (105, played for Tigers 1937-39, died 2003), Erwin Renfer (124, 1 game in 1913, died 1958).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/12): Herman "Flea" Clifton (115, played for Tigers 1934-37, died 1997), Les Hennessy (122, played for Tigers 1913, died 1976).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/13): Bubba Morton (84, played for Tigers 1961-63, died 2006), Larry Doby (92, played for Tigers 1959, died 2003), Frank "Scat" Metha (102, played for Tigers 1940, died 1975), Rube Kisinger (139, played for Tigers 1902-03, died 1941).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/14): Marcus Jensen (43), Jeff Robinson (54, died 2014), Carl Linhart (86, 3 games in 1952), Sam Jones (90, played for Tigers 1962, died 1971), Jim Walkup (106, played for Tigers 1939, died 1997), Rudy Kallio (123, played for Tigers 1918-19, died 1979).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/15): Jim Leyland (71), Ray Herbert (86, played for Tigers 1950-51 & 1953-54), Eddie Robinson (95, played for Tigers 1957), Jay Clarke (133, 3 games in 1905, died 1949).

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Eddie Robinson is the oldest living former Tigers player.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/15): Jay Clarke (133, 3 games in 1905, died 1949).

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August 1, 1905: Jay 'Nig' Clarke is loaned to the Tigers from Cleveland. 10 days later, he is returned back to Cleveland.

I wonder if that was common practice back then? Awesome picture, I need to colorize that one.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/16): Jason Wood (46), Billy Ripken (51), Neil Chrisley (84, played for Tigers 1959-60, died 2013).

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Neil Chrisley's given first name is Barbra.

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FF?

Image-google "billy ripken card" and check the end of his bat.

Edited by jbhappy

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/17): Eric Eckenstahler (39), Brandon Villafuerte (40), Rudy Pemberton (46), Curtis Pride (47).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/18): Joe Randa (46), Willie Blair (50), Les Burke (113, played for Tigers 1923-26, died 1975), Sam Barnes (116, played for Tigers 1921, died 1981), Ty Cobb (129, died 1961), Clay Perry (134, played for Tigers 1908, died 1954).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/17): Eric Eckenstahler (39), Brandon Villafuerte (40), Rudy Pemberton (46), Curtis Pride (47).

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This group is pretty interesting solely based on age. Can't imagine that there is a collection of players within as short of a range as these guys. Even if there is a narrower range of three or four or more players, that collection can't be younger than this collection.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/19): Mark Woodyard (37), Clay Parker (53), Tony Taylor (80, played for Tigers 1971-73), Al Kaline (81).

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This was my grandpa's birthday, but he chose to celebrate "me and Al's birthday". He (grandpa) usually just wanted a beer and a birthday card with money it. "Birthday cards should always have money in them."

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/20): Aubrey Huff (39), Snooks Dowd (118, 1 game in 1919, died 1962), Deacon Jones (122, played for Tigers 1916-18, died 1952), Paddy Baumann (130, played for Tigers 1911-14, died 1969).

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I remember when Bob Sykes started out the 1978 season with two shutouts and I thought he was going to be another Mark Fidrych.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/22): Andy Allanson (54), Glenn Wilson (57), Sheldon Burnside (61), Tom Makowski (65, 3 games in 1975), Johnny Bero (93, 4 games in 1948, died 1985), Ross "Tex" Erwin (130, 4 games in 1907, died 1953).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/23): Cody Ross (35), Victor Martinez (37), Jerry Manuel (62, played for Tigers 1975-76), Al Cicotte (86, played for Tigers 1958, died 1982), Doc Gessler (135, played for Tigers 1903, died 1924), Frank Owen (136, played for Tigers 1901, died 1942).

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Edited by BoomGaspar

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This is a really cool thread. Thanks for taking the time to keep it up.

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