The past century of the storied baseball annual "Who's Who in Baseball" has been kind to the Detroit Tigers -– at least when it comes to the cover. The very first edition, published in 1912, featured an illustration of Ty Cobb. And why not? At this stage in his career, Cobb … [Read more...] about Who’s Who In Baseball? That’s Who!
With the 110 some-odd World Series under our belts, it’s interesting to note the dearth of managers and abundance of players from The Great Lake State who have participated in the Fall Classic. (Birth city is in parentheses.) Among skippers, only three are Michigan natives, a … [Read more...] about The World Series’ Michigan Touch
Even though I had been a member of the Mayo Smith Society for 10 years, I had never been able to carve out the time to make it back to my home town of Detroit to coincide with the Society's Annual Gathering. Well, there was that one time in 1994 when I was going to go, but the … [Read more...] about My Last Games at Tiger Stadium
When you’re a kid, you don’t think much about them. “Them” are the players nobody really wants, the ones that cause a disappointed sigh when you open your card pack, the ones who don’t even have a team logo on their caps because they’re always being traded or cut, the guys who … [Read more...] about The Guys In The Spokes
I attended the 2008 convention in Cleveland of the Society of American Baseball Research. I always like looking for Tigers-related presentations -– and in the absence of those presentations, I look for more general-interest talks. Chris Jaffe of Schaumberg, Ill., delivered a … [Read more...] about Detroit’s Late-Season Blues