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.Read more
An interesting conversation that came out of a recent SABR Detroit meeting was the importance of Bill Freehan to the 1968 Tigers, as well as his Hall of Fame credentials. Freehan’s name comes up a lot more in Hall of Fame discussions now that the old Veterans Committee has been replaced by committees specified to erasRead more
A look at the history of Detroit Tigers shortstops makes one thing perfectly clear: Alan Trammell is the best ever, and few are close. Trammell was the Tigers starter for 14 years, and he became the first Detroit shortstop inducted into baseball’s Hall of FameRead more
Dan D’Addona for Vintage Detroit: Frank Tanana was one of the few true fireballing left-handed pitchers in baseball history. He[…]Read more
Richard Bak for Vintage Detroit: There was a time when Catholic prep sports were followed, well, religiously — just as[…]Read more
In 1980, the Montreal Expos, on the brink of what would have been its first trip to baseball’s treasured post-season in franchise history, were sparked by speedy outfielder Ron LeFlore, the most successful base-stealer in the National League that year.
“That was the greatest year of my career,” declared LeFlore, the ex-convict turned big league star who spent nine years in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers, Expos and Chicago White Sox.Read more