Happy Birthday, Wahoo Sam

WahooSam.jpgI failed to mention in today’s podcast that this marks the birthday of Tigers Hall of Famer Wahoo Sam Crawford. He was born in 1880.

He broke into the majors with Reds in 1899 and stayed until 1902 when the National League and American League fought bitterly for players.

According to his Baseball-Reference.com page, before the 1903 season Crawford “[j]umped from the Cincinnati Reds to the Detroit Tigers.” So there you have it.

Here’s Crawford’s entry in the 2008 Hall of Fame Yearbook:

“Wahoo” Sam Crawford — so nicknamed for his Nebraska birthplace — was one of his era’s finest hitters and base stealers. He led the American League in triples six times and remains baseball’s career leader at 312. Ty Cobb said of Crawford, “With the rabbit ball they’re playing with today, he’d have been one of the greatest home run hitters of all time.” Crawford, who stole 363 bases and batted .309 lifetime during a 19-year career, played alongside Cobb in the Detroit Tigers outfield for 13 seasons. Crawford helped the Tigers to three straight A.L. pennants from 1907 to 1909.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1957. Crawford died in 1968.

Friday Fungoes

BrianDubois.jpgBy now you know how we like to recognize the birthdays of current and former Tigers. Imagine our excitement to run across this many birthdays for April 18:

  • Miguel Cabrera, 25
  • Rico Brogna, 38
  • Brian Dubois, 41
  • Doug Flynn, 57
  • “Wahoo Sam” Crawford, would have been 128

And from the Baseball-Reference.com archives:

1991 – A sellout crowd of 42,191 watch the Chicago White Sox play their first game at new Comiskey Park and sees the home team get crushed by the Detroit Tigers, 16 – 0. Jack McDowell gives up the park’s first home run to Cecil Fielder.