So 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.
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 :
1922 – Charlie 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.