Today in Michigan History

May 20, 1921

Hal Newhouser was born in Detroit.

As a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Newhouser was one of the most dominant pitchers of the 1940s. He captured his first MVP award in 1944 after leading the majors with a 29-9 record and was named MVP in 1945 with 25 wins, 212 strikeouts and a 1.81 ERA. He was named to the All-Star Team seven times, pitched 313.1 innings in 1945 and led the American League in victories four times and twice in strikeouts and ERA. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and his uniform number was retired in 1997.

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R.I.P. Ernie Harwell

Here at Michigan is Amazing, we don’t like to share the negative.  However, we feel it’s important to pay tribute to a man that so many generations of Michiganders know and love.  Ernie Harwell was the voice of the Tigers for over four decades.

Tuesday May 4, 2010 Mr. Harwell passed away at the age of 92.  As he said in his final sign-off in 2002, “Now God has a new adventure for me.”  No other words seem more fitting.  Your voice will live on forever in the minds of baseball fans everywhere, but especially for those here in Michigan.

Rest in Peace Ernie…we’ll miss you.

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February 2, 1936

Ty Cobb became one of the first players selected to enter the newly formed Baseball Hall of Fame.

According to many observers, Ty Cobb may have been baseball’s greatest player. His batting accomplishments are legendary—a lifetime average of .367, 297 triples, 4,191 hits, 12 batting titles (including nine in a row), 23 straight seasons in which he hit over .300, three .400 seasons (topped by a .420 mark in 1911), and 2,245 runs. Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach,” Cobb stole 892 bases during a 24-year career, primarily with the Detroit Tigers.

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December 18, 1920

Ty Cobb took over as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

On his thirty-fourth birthday, Ty Cobb replaced longtime manager Hughie Jennings as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Cobb, who had to be talked into taking the job, took it partly because it was rumored that Clarence Rowland, the former White Sox manager whom Cobb did not feel was qualified, would be selected to lead the Tigers.

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September 14, 1968

Denny McLain won game 30.

Denny McClain became professional baseball’s first pitcher since Dizzy Dean in 1934 to win 30 games, by beating the Oakland Athletics, 5-4. McLain finished the season 31-6. It was the high point of the turbulent career of one of Detroit’s best-known pitchers.

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August 17, 1980

Detroit Tigers retired number 6.

One of Detroit’s greatest players, Al Kaline, won the league’s batting crown in 1955 with a .340 batting average, was selected to eighteen All-Star Games during his career, captured ten Gold Gloves and ended his career with 3,007 career hits, which broke a thirty-year record. Kaline was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. During that same year the Tigers retired his number.

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