Controversial Trade Wakes up Sleepy Spring Training

This Champs in Context post looks at controversies surrounding Glenn Wilson and John Wockenfuss, which helped shape Spring Training 1984. With the Florida sun carving wild slices from their old English D’s, the ’84 Tigers strode confidently into Spring Training.  And why not? The Tigers had finished the ’83 season with the third-best record in … Continue reading Controversial Trade Wakes up Sleepy Spring Training

Add-a-Tiger: Carl Willis

Add-a-Tiger posts profile players who weren't on the Opening-Day roster but who joined the team. RP Carl Willis #28 6-4 210 lb b. 12-28-1960, Danville, VA Carl Willis was pulled into a whirlwind in 1983 and ’84.  He signed as a pro in June of ’83, after the Tigers had drafted him in the 23rd … Continue reading Add-a-Tiger: Carl Willis

Add-a-Tiger: Doug Baker

Add-a-Tiger posts profile 84 Tigers who weren't on the opening-day roster but joined the team mid-season. SS Doug Baker #9 5-9 165 lb b. 4-3-1961, Fullerton, CA Svelte middle infielder Doug Baker got the call up from Evansville on July 1.  Trammell’s shoulder was ailing and hurting his throwing, so Sparky wanted to DH him.  … Continue reading Add-a-Tiger: Doug Baker