Tuesday Tananas: No-Hitter Leftovers

No!.jpgWhen you look at the dozen no-hitters thrown against the Tigers since 1902, you see three Hall of Famers, one future Hall of Famer and you see, ahem, Matt Garza.

On Aug. 5, 1940, the Browns’ John Whitehead no-hit the Tigers over six innings at Sportsman’s Park. It was the second game of a doubleheader and most likely, the game was called due to darkness (though the box score doesn’t indicate this). The Browns won 4-0.

What’s interesting about this game is the OPS numbers put up by four Tigers players: Hank Greenberg (1.027), Rudy York (.999), Barney McCoskey (.931) and Pinky Higgins (.823).


Friday Freehans … Saturday Edition?

BillFreehan.jpgYeah, yeah. I got started on these, then got pulled in another direction, etc., etc. Nevertheless, here are a few nuggets for your consideration to start off the weekend:

  • I continue to watch with fascination how Kirk Gibson fares as the Diamondbacks’ interim manager. In this piece from the Arizona Republic, we learn about one of the first calls Gibson received upon getting the job.

  • In case you were wondering, coming into this weekend’s series against the Indians, the Tigers’ all-time record against the Tribe is 1,048-1,015-12. Again with those ties…

  • Brandon Inge entered Friday night’s game at Cleveland with 838 games played at third base during his Tigers career, four games shy of tying Mike “Pinky” Higgins for fourth place in franchise history with 842 games played at third base. Higgins played for the Tigers for seven seasons from 1939-46, wearing number six. Over that span he batted .280 and was an All Star in 1945.

  • And here’s something I didn’t know: Alex Avila has thrown out 12 of the 29 baserunners attempting to steal this season (41.4 percent), tops among all American League catchers. And here we thought Gerald Laird was the rifleman behind the dish.

  • In the latest episode of the podcast I bring up Jake Westbrook as a possible target for the Tigers, thinking he could be the Tigers’ version of the Twins getting Carl Pavano last year. Well, I checked out Westbrook’s success against the Twins and White Sox since 2007 and it’s spotty: 1-4, 5.10 ERA against Chicago; 1-1, 3.48 against Minnesota. Still, you’d have to like the makeup of the Tigers’ rotation with him in it, wouldn’t you?

Finally, wish Phyllis Diller a happy 93rd birthday this weekend, won’t you?