On This Date in Tigers History

Garner.jpgSo what do Jason Grilli, Zach Simons, Jack Burns and Chief Hogsett have in common? They are the only players in Tigers history to be involved in a trade on April 30.

By now you’ve heard about the Grilli-to-Colorado trade, but you probably haven’t heard about the April 30, 1936 trade that sent LHP Hogsett to the Browns for infielder Jack Burns.

Burns played only 138 games for the Tigers — all in ’36 — and batted .283, 36 doubles, four homers and 63 RBI. He was done in the bigs after that season.

Hogsett, on the other hand, had a longer career in Detroit. He pitched nine years with the Tigers — save for the season and a half with the Browns and one year with the Senators. His final record: 67-88, 5.02 ERA and 33 saves.

But Wait! There’s More

Here are some Tigers historical nuggets from Baseball-Reference.com :

1922Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox pitched a 2 – 0 perfect game against the Detroit Tigers. Robertson, a 26-year-old rookie, became the third pitcher in the modern era to hurl a perfect game.

1952 – Ted Williams played his final game before leaving for military duty in Korea. In his last at-bat on “Ted Williams Day” at Fenway Park, he blasted a game-winning, two-run home run against Dizzy Trout of the Detroit Tigers. The home run gives the Red Sox a 5 – 3 victory.

1967 – Steve Barber and Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles combined on a no-hitter, but still lose the game to the Detroit Tigers, 2 – 1. A wild Barber gave up 10 walks in eight and one-third innings before giving way to Miller, who pitched one-third of an inning.

Lastly, Happy Birthday, Phil Garner. Scrap Iron turns 59 today.

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

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