Today’s Tiger: George Cappuzello

George Cappuzello

  • Born: Jan. 15, 1954, in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Bats: Right Throws: Left
  • Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 175 lb.
  • Acquired: Signed as a free agent on April 28, 1980.
  • Seasons in Detroit: 1 (1981)
  • Uniform Number: 41
  • Stats: 1-1, 3.48 ERA, 1 save

George Cappuzello, the man who allegedly was on an ice cream and doughnut diet during Spring Training in 1981, appeared in just 18 games that year for the Tigers.

Originally, Cappuzello was drafted by the Tigers in the 27th round of the 1972 amateur draft. He spent six seasons in the Tigers’ system before being traded with minor leaguer John Valle (minors) to the Reds for Jack Billingham on March 6, 1978. He returned to Detroit after being released by the Reds in April 1980.

After his March 1982 release from the Tigers, he appeared in 17 games for Astros, pitching in his final game on Aug. 5, 1982.

By the way, he turns 57 today.

Today's Obscure Former Tigers Birthdays

Happy Birthday, George Cappuzello.

The man who allegedly was on an ice cream and doughnut diet during Spring Training in 1981, appeared in 18 games that year for the Tigers. He earned a 1-1 record, 3.48 ERA in 18 appearances — including 5 starts and 1 save.

He turns 54 today.

Mike Marshall, who became the first high-profile closer in baseball, started his career with the Tigers in 1967. He turns 65 today.

In 37 games that year he went 1 and 3 with 10 saves and a 1.98 ERA.

The Michigan State alum was drafted from the Tigers by the Seattle Pilots as the 53rd pick in the 1968 expansion draft.

I suppose when you have John Hiller in the bullpen, you can afford to lose someone like Marshall.

Steve Gromek, the first major leaguer from Hamtramck, was born on this date in 1920 — and he died on this date in 2002.

On June 15, 1953, he was traded by the Indians with Al Aber, Ray Boone and Dick Weik to the Tigers for Art Houtteman, Owen Friend, Bill Wight and Joe Ginsberg.

The right hander pitched 11 full seasons with Cleveland before his mid-season trade to his hometown team. His finest season was in 1945 — 19-9, 2.55 ERA, 30 starts and 21 complete games. He was named to the All Star team that year.

His best season in Detroit was 1954: 18-16 in 36 appearances (32 starts) with a 2.74 ERA.