Allou Trammaker

They were mirror images of each other, Trammell and Whitaker, Whitaker and Trammell, one white, the other black; one a left-handed hitter, the other right; one a second baseman, the other a shortstop; one as quiet as a tree, the other, as the old line goes, would talk to a tree–different but exactly the same, too. Good fielders, good baserunners, underrated, beloved, lifetime Detroit Tigers.

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Charlie Maxwell

Required Reading: How Tigers’ Charlie Maxwell became ‘Sunday Charlie,’ One Sabbath Blast at a Time

During his career, Maxwell hit 40 of his 148 homers — or 27% — on Sunday. “There are unusual things that happen in baseball and I guess my Sunday homers are one of them,” says Maxwell, 92, from his home on Maple Lake in Paw Paw, where he lives with his wife Ann.  Married 69 years, the couple has four children, 14 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, all of whom live nearby.

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Empty seats in the upper deck at Tiger Stadium, 2007

Joe Falls: What I’ll Miss About Tiger Stadium (From 1999)

The thing I will miss most about Tiger Stadium are all the empty seats. Not on game day. But when the game is over. How many days, how many nights, did I sit in the press box when the game was over and our work was done and look out at the empty stadium. The ushers and guards had gone home and the groundscrew was finished with their work and all that remained were those empty seats. Those lovely empty seats.

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Podcast: Pedro Gomez, ESPN Baseball Reporter

In the 1960s one of the young fans in the stands at Tiger Stadium was the son of Cuban refugees and the grandson of a baseball-loving, Spanish-speaking grandfather who listened faithfully to Ernie Harwell. Pedro Gomez has since spent a lifetime in baseball. He joined ESPN in 2003 and is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He talks about his Detroit roots and the state of the game today.

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