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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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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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15 minutes ago, BoomGaspar said:

Today's Tiger birthdays (6/21): Jefry Marte (28), Jeff Baker (38), Sean Runyan (45), Gene Pentz (66, played for Tigers 1975), Tom Jones (145, played for Tigers 1909-10, died 1923).

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No memory at all of this fella, I think I'd need a 337 level mind for that.

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On 1/11/2017 at 9:52 AM, BoomGaspar said:

Today's Tiger birthdays (1/11): Warren Morris (43), Don Mossi (88, played for Tigers 1960-63), Neil Berry (95, played for Tigers 1948-52, died 2016), Schoolboy Rowe (107, played for Tigers 1933-42, coach 1954-55, died 1961), General Crowder (118, played for Tigers 1934-36, died 1972), George Trautman (127, GM 1946, died 1963).

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RIP

Donald Mossi, former Tigers pitcher, dies at 90

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