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The Tigers have had two pitchers named "Jim Walkup". Both were born in Havana, Arkansas - Jim H. Walkup on November 3, 1895, and Jim E. Walkup on December 14, 1909. Today's Jim Walkup appeared in two games for the 1927 Tigers, and, in my opinion, looks vaguely like Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in "A League Of Their Own". Baseball-Reference does not list them as being related, so I suppose it is possible that one small Arkansas town produced two major league players with the same name within 14 years of one another. The only other MLB player born in Havana, AR is Johnny Sain, featured earlier in this thread as a Tigers coach. According to the 2010 census, Havana is home to a grand total of 375 residents.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/4): Tito Francona (82, played for Tigers 1958), Skeeter Webb (106, played for Tigers 1945-47, died 1986), Bill Leinhauser (122, 1 game in 1912, died 1978).

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Bill Leinhauser is the second "Ty Cobb replacement player" featured in this thread. An amateur boxer at the time, Leinhauser went 0-4 in his one major league game, but did not commit an error playing center field. Following his one game MLB career, Leinhauser served in World War I and became a police officer in Philadelphia, a position he held for 41 years.

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Today's Tiger birthdays (11/9): Joel Zumaya (31), Beiker Graterol (41), Al Greene (61, played for Tigers 1979, died 2014), Whitey Herzog (84, played for Tigers 1963), Bill Bruton (90, played for Tigers 1961-64, died 1995), Jerry Priddy (96, played for Tigers 1950-53, died 1980), Benny McCoy (100, played for Tigers 1938-39, died 2011), Jim McGarr (127, 1 game in 1912, died 1981).

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McGarr is the third "Ty Cobb replacement player" to be featured in this thread.

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Going back a page, the name Kid Gleason stuck out, for he was the manager of the Black Sox...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_Gleason

Other Tigers that played at least one game for the Tigers, on or associated with the Tigers were Eddie Cicotte, "Sleepy" Bill Burns, and Billy Maharg (during the Philadelphia strike).Cicotte was traded to a minor league team in Augusta for some kid named Ty Cobb.

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Each of us has a set of "original Tigers", the guys who were on the team when we first became aware of it, and started to listen on the radio and read the newspaper articles. I'm enjoying this thread in general but I particularly like the trading cards for my original Tigers. I've seen a couple during the past week, Mike Roarke and Billy Bruton. No matter what the guy's name is, you can always hear Ernie's voice saying it.

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

Altar Greene hit 32 home runs in 1978, at age 23, split between Double A and Triple A. And, if you were a reader of The Sporting News, you knew about him. Lefthanded power hitter, Detroit born and raised, he seemed like a big part of the Tigers' future. He had another great half-year in Triple A in 1979, and got called up and had a largely unsuccessful 2 months in the bigs. The next year, in Triple A again, he was traded to the Cardinals in mid season, and spent the rest of the year on their Triple A team.

And that was it. End of career, age 25. Or at least end of MLB-affiliate career, he played in Mexico for the next 7 years. What the hell happened?

And, a couple of years ago, he dies at age 59. Christ, he's younger than I am. What the hell happened?

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Altar Greene hit 32 home runs in 1978, at age 23, split between Double A and Triple A. And, if you were a reader of The Sporting News, you knew about him. Lefthanded power hitter, Detroit born and raised, he seemed like a big part of the Tigers' future. He had another great half-year in Triple A in 1979, and got called up and had a largely unsuccessful 2 months in the bigs. The next year, in Triple A again, he was traded to the Cardinals in mid season, and spent the rest of the year on their Triple A team.

And that was it. End of career, age 25. Or at least end of MLB-affiliate career, he played in Mexico for the next 7 years. What the hell happened?

And, a couple of years ago, he dies at age 59. Christ, he's younger than I am. What the hell happened?

He recorded some really nice albums.

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He recorded some really nice albums.

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".

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Each of us has a set of "original Tigers", the guys who were on the team when we first became aware of it, and started to listen on the radio and read the newspaper articles. I'm enjoying this thread in general but I particularly like the trading cards for my original Tigers. I've seen a couple during the past week, Mike Roarke and Billy Bruton. No matter what the guy's name is, you can always hear Ernie's voice saying it.
Jake, Willie, Al, Bill, Bill, Dick, Norm, Rocky...if anyone needs last names then I'm banning you.
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