Happy Birthday, Mickey Lolich

(Note: I’ve buried the lead deep into this post, but it’s worth it.) My brother and I were researching our first-ever Tigers games on Retrosheet.org (if you haven’t done it, do it!) and the conversation turned to one of the things that stood out for him: the starting pitcher for the Tigers that day, Mickey Lolich.We discovered that Lolich drove in both runs in a 2-1 win over the Orioles and Jim Palmer. What’s more, Lolich notched his 25th win of the year.Naturally, I had to click on Lolich’s name to see what his career numbers were.We were surprised to see that Mick was a switch-hitter but apparently that particular skill couldn’t help him earn more than a .110 career average.After all that, I glanced at the biographical information and discovered that today is Lolich’s 67th birthday.Grab a donut and celebrate old #29’s big day.

The Lolich FileFull name: Michael Stephen LolichBorn: September 12, 1940 in Portland, OregonFirst Game: May 12, 1963 — Final Game: September 23, 1979Bat: Both Throw: LeftHeight: 6′ 1″ Weight: 170