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.