Happy Birthday, Jerry Morales

Morales JerryHappy number 59 to former Tigers outfielder Jerry Morales. He was acquired, along with Aurelio Lopez, from the Cardinals for Bob Sykes and Jack Murphy. Not sure if Jim Campbell saw Senor Smoke as the key to the trade but he certainly made the deal worthwhile.

Morales, wearing #27, played in 129 games in 1979, most of them in right field. His hefty combo of a .211 average and .260 OBP helped make his stay in Detroit a short one.

On October 31, 1979, he was traded with Phil Mankowski to the New York Mets for offseason grave digger Richie Hebner.

As much as I loved Hebner, the last Tiger to wear Charlie Gehringer‘s #2 before it was retired, I can’t believe he was two-for-one trade material.

Feliz cumpleanos, Jerry.