Happy Birthday, Ryan Raburn and Other Notes

Raburn turns 27 today.

A bevy of Tigers historical items occurred on this date in history. Here they are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:

1955Al Kaline hits three home runs in Briggs Stadium, including a pair in the sixth inning, to drive in six runs. The Tigers rout the A’s 16-0, behind Steve Gromek‘s strong pitching.

1960 – Cleveland Indians general manager Frank Lane, notorious for his multiple transactions, send American League home run king, Rocky Colavito, to the Detroit Tigers for the league’s defending batting champion, Harvey Kuenn. The trade is especially unpopular with Indians fans, who regard Colavito as their most popular player and best hitter.

1993 – The Detroit Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the second time this week, beating the Seattle Mariners, 20 – 3. Rob Deer is 1-for-2 and scores four runs, while Travis Fryman has four hits and scores five times. Chad Kreuter adds four hits and three runs and Gary Thurman paces the Tigers with four RBI. [Editor’s note: Gary Thurman?!]

2006 – Detroit’s Chris Shelton and St. Louis’ Albert Pujols hit their major league-leading ninth home runs, joining Mike Schmidt (1976), Larry Walker (1997) and Luis Gonzalez (2001) as the only players in MLB history with at least nine home runs in his team’s first 13 games.

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.