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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/24): Andrew Romine (30), Matt Ginter (38), Larry Foster (78, 1 game in 1963), Ed McCreery (126, 3 games in 1914, died 1960).

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I'm not sure why McCreery appears to be wearing a sombrero...

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/25): Erik Hiljus (43), Julio Gonzalez (63, played for Tigers 1983), Gene Lamont (69), Jack Hamilton (77, played for Tigers 1964-65), Ned Garver (90, played for Tigers 1952-56), Bill Akers (111, played for Tigers 1929-31, died 1962), Alex Jones (146, 2 games in 1903, died 1941).

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1000 points to anyone who produces an image of Gonzalez with the Tigers.

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I cannot explain the sombrero. Primitive photoshop? And I have no photos of Gonzalez.

But I can offer that Hiljus' time with the MLB Tigers spanned 12 1/3 innings over parts of two seasons and he wore three different jersey numbers during that tenure.

Also, LaMont's MLB playing career was exclusively with Detroit. And all but one season of his pro playing career was in the Tiger organization.

So, Boom, keep up the good work. This thread is fun.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/26): Darin Downs (31), Omar Infante (34), Storm Davis (54), Herman Pillette (120, played for Tigers 1922-24, died 1960), Pug Cavet (126, played for Tigers 1911 & 1914-15, died 1966).

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Which go round is that Infante card from? The first, his most recent, or his upcoming?

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Herman Pillette looks like Charles Laughton made up as Quasimodo, trying to imitate Ty Cobb.

I was thinking he looked like the big missing link guy from Goonies. Sloth?

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Which go round is that Infante card from? The first, his most recent, or his upcoming?

It's a 2013 Topps card.

Herman Pillette looks like Charles Laughton made up as Quasimodo, trying to imitate Ty Cobb.

That's the first Charles Laughton reference I've heard this week. Probably the only one on this board also.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/27): Rick Porcello (27), Dean Palmer (47), Red Lynn (102, 4 games in 1939, died 1977), Jim Tobin (103, played for Tigers 1945, died 1969), Jackie Tavener (118, played for Tigers 1921 & 1925-28, died 1969), Charlie Carr (139, played for Tigers 1903-04, died 1932).

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Jackie Tavener looks like your Uncle Claude, playing catch at the Sunday School picnic.

Wow, how did you know I had an Uncle Claude?

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Wow, how did you know I had an Uncle Claude?

Doesn't everyone? And it's actually Jim Tobin who looks like Uncle Claude, I miscounted the names.

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Doesn't everyone? And it's actually Jim Tobin who looks like Uncle Claude, I miscounted the names.

And, if Uncle Claude would have been 103 today, he was born in 1912, making him 33 when he played for the Tigers. In the pic, his double chin looks at least that old.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/28): Melvin Nieves (44), Carl Willis (55), Ray Knight (63), Aurelio Rodriguez (68, died 2000), Tommy Bridges (109, played for Tigers 1930-43 & 1945-46, died 1968).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/29): Luis de los Santos (49), Bill Sweeney (111, played for Tigers 1928, died 1957), Dave Skeels (124, 1 game in 1910, died 1926).

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That Bill Sweeney is a good looking guy. He gets overlooked because of Don Mossi and Joe Boever, and Juan Berenguer. But I bet he could make the bobby-soxers scream.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (12/31): Evan Reed (30), Brian Moehler (44), Ted Gray (91, played for Tigers 1946 & 1948-54, died 2011), Al Lakeman (97, played for Tigers 1954, died 1976), Syl Johnson (115, played for Tigers 1922-25, died 1985).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/1): Lynn Jones (63), Gene Host (83, 1 game in 1956, died 1998), Earl Torgeson (92, played for Tigers 1955-57, died 1990), Hank Greenberg (115, died 1986), Frank Fuller (122, played for Tigers 1915-16, died 1965), Andy Bruckmiller (134, 1 game in 1905, died 1970).

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/2): Bill Madlock (65), Red Kress (111, played for Tigers 1939-40, died 1962), George Boehler (124, played for Tigers 1912-16, died 1958).

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When I first looked at Madlock's card I thought it was Cecil Fielder.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (1/3): Ike Brookens (67, 3 games in 1975), John Sullivan (75, played for Tigers 1963-65), Charlie Harding (125, 1 game in 1913, died 1971).

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