Happy Birthday, Tram

TramRookie.jpg Happy 51st to perhaps the classiest guy ever to wear the D.

Today’s also the birthday of two former Tigers pitchers:

  • Bill Slayback, a member of the 1972 A.L. East Division champs, turns 61. A seventh-round pick in the 1968 draft, he pitched three years in Detroit posting a 6-9 record and 3.84 ERA in 42 appearances. In his rookie year of ’72, Slayback (who wore number 44) appeared in 23 games (13 starts, three complete games) and notched a 5-6 record.

  • Jack Billingham turns 65 today. He won 25 games for the Tigers from 1978-80 and he did so wearing number 41. Did you know that Billingham is a cousin of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson? For a funny Billingham vs. Kirk Gibson nugget, revisit this post from last year.

One thought on “Happy Birthday, Tram

  1. I’m torn between rooting for Tram to get another shot at managing somewhere or having him return in some capacity to the Tigers, where he belongs. Since I believe the Tigers will improve enough this year to get Leyland his contract extension, I can’t in good conscience root for both things being the same thing. Either way, Happy Birthday, Tram.


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