Bill Freehan 1968 Topps Sporting News All Star card

Bill Freehan: The Tiger Who Was a Horse

Bill Freehan was considered the premier catcher in baseball until Johnny Bench came along and claimed that title. He began a run of 10 consecutive All-Star Game selections in 1964 — just three years removed from his time as a University of Michigan two-sport standout — and finished third in American League MVP voting in 1967 and second in 1968, when his Detroit Tigers won the World Series.

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Benton Harbor’s Bearded Cultists Were Old Baseball’s Answer to the Harlem Globetrotters

The House of David had many of the characteristics of a typical cult: a charismatic leader, apocalyptic beliefs, communal living, and strict prohibitions on sex, alcohol, and cutting one’s hair.

But they also allowed women members to vote and hold office, ran an amusement park, sent traveling bands on the vaudeville circuit — and formed a sensational baseball team.

With their long hair and beards, the House of David players drew massive crowds as they barnstormed around the country. 

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Newhouser is best Tigers’ pitcher ever, but several right-handers are bunched together after that

Just how good is Justin Verlander when measured against the greatest Detroit Tigers’ pitchers? If you were going to name two starting pitchers to an all-time Tiger franchise team, one would be an easy choice. Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, a southpaw, is clearly at this point the best man ever to take the mound for the Tigers. But who is the best right-hander?

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