Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 5:47 PM EDT Apr 19, 2019 The Detroit Red Wings hired Hall of Famer and former captain Steve Yzerman as general manager on Friday. Or should that be “former captain Steve Yzerman agreed to allow the Red Wings to hire him as general manager on Friday”? In any event, he’s not the first megastar in Michigan to take a second shift in Detroit sports management. (We're setting the bar a bit higher than your average player, so don't look for guys like Brad Ausmus, Michael Curry, Kris Draper or Dave Lewis down below.) More: Timeline of Steve Yzerman's Detroit Red Wings hiring began last summer Red Wings: Sid Abel The player: Abel finished up his career with two seasons in Chicago, but spent 570 games with the Wings (from 1938-52), putting up 183 goals and 280 assists. He also served as team captain in eight of his 12 seasons and centered arguably the most celebrated and successful line in NHL history, “The Production … [Read more...] about Steve Yzerman an exciting hire, but so were these other Detroit stars
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Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 11:17 AM EDT Apr 8, 2019 Let's look on the bright side Welcome back to the Tigers Newsletter — or, as our friends call us, the Tigers Newsletter! OK, we really haven’t been around long enough for a nickname. (Y’know, kinda like Christin Stewart. But without the power.) We’ve been a little negative around the Newsletter-Cave recently, we admit. It was tough not to be, what with the low expectations from the offseason and the cold weather and all those strikeouts in Canada. But today? Today, the Tigers are 7-3, they cannot lose (thanks, off day!) and we’re going to do our best to be positive! Those seven wins aren't going anywhere, and April wins count the same as September wins! The latest shot of optimism out of Comerica Park came on Sunday afternoon, when Tigers defensive stars <checks notes> Niko GoodrumJohn Hicks and Gordon Beckham flashed the leather to seal a sweep of the Royals. Of … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers Newsletter: On pace for 113 wins. Why not?
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 The Big Ten men’s tournament opens today in Chicago with a pair of first-round games featuring Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Rutgers. (We're just waiting for a Michigan/Michigan State rematch.) Sure, it’s hoops time right now, but baseball season is coming (no matter what the weather report says), and the Big Ten has produced plenty of big-league talent. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top Detroit Tigers to come out of the Big Ten. (And yes, we’re going to count the four most recent conference members, even if they weren’t in the Big Ten when the player was in school. We’re also only counting main campuses.) Let’s get started alphabetically: More: Michigan vs. Michigan State is best college basketball rivalry. Here's proof Illinois: Hoot Evers, OF The buzz: If you came to a Tigers game in the late 1940s, you might have thought fans were booing whenever … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers: The best player from each Big Ten school
Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 11:19 PM EDT Oct 29, 2018 Appropriate and painful, those video snippets running for the past couple of months. They show Bill Freehan with his Tigers cap on backwards and his catcher’s mask tossed to the side. He settles beneath a pop-up launched by Tim McCarver that had been shot into the afternoon sun at Busch Stadium, just right of the plate. Freehan raises his catcher’s miss and snags the ball. And sends Detroit into ecstasy. The scene is from 50 years ago this past October — anniversary footage as the ’68 Tigers wrap up months of celebration. Black-and-white video memorializes Freehan at the moment a final put-out seals the first Tigers world championship in 23 years. Other than their 1984 romp, it is the Tigers’ only World Series conquest since World War II. Freehan now is under home-hospice care as he deals with the cruelty of dementia. He was diagnosed some years ago, but privacy was sought by his wife … [Read more...] about Bill Freehan’s baseball skills, history yet awe Detroit Tigers teammates
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 8:53 AM EDT Oct 28, 2018 Former Detroit Tigers catching great Bill Freehan, 76, has been in hospice care for about two years. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a look at the greatest catchers in Tigers history: Johnny Bassler Bassler spent just seven seasons with the Tigers, sandwiched between extended stints in the Pacific Coast League, but was extremely productive. He was acquired by the Tigers from the PCL before the 1921 season on the recommendation of Ty Cobb and didn’t disappoint. He hit .307 with 18 doubles in 119 games that season. The next year, he hit .323 and finished sixth in the AL MVP voting. His average dropped to .298 in 1923, but he still finished seventh in MVP voting. He set a career high with a .346 batting average in 1924 and finished fifth in the MVP vote. Bassler’s batting skill applied to getting on base via walk, as well; he finished his Tigers career with a .420 on-base percentage, good for … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers have history of star catchers