1951 Detroit Tigers season

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1951 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter Briggs, Sr.
Manager(s) Red Rolfe
Local television WWJ
(Harry Heilmann, Paul Williams, Ty Tyson)
Local radio WJBK/WXYZ
(Paul Williams, Ty Tyson)
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The 1951 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 73-81, 25 games behind the New York Yankees.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On August 19, the Tigers played a doubleheader in St. Louis against the Browns. In the second game, after the Tigers had batted in the top of the first inning, the Browns sent midget Eddie Gaedel up to pinch-hit for leadoff batter Frank Saucier. Gaedel, at a height of 3'7", is to date the shortest player to appear in a Major League Baseball game. Umpire Ed Hurley challenged the decision to allow Gaedel to participate in an at-bat. Browns manager Zack Taylor produced a contract.[2] Tigers pitcher Bob Cain walked him.[3] Jim Delsing pinch ran for Gaedel,[3] but failed to score. The Tigers won the game, 6-2.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 56 .636 --
Cleveland Indians 93 61 .604 5
Boston Red Sox 87 67 .565 11
Chicago White Sox 81 73 .526 17
Detroit Tigers 73 81 .474 25
Philadelphia Athletics 70 84 .455 28
Washington Senators 62 92 .403 36
St. Louis Browns 52 102 .338 46

Notable transactions[edit]

All-Star Game[edit]

The 1951 All-Star Game was originally awarded to the Philadelphia Phillies. The City of Detroit was celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1701 and requested to host the year's All-Star Game. Although the National League was scheduled to host the game in '51, the game was moved to Detroit's Briggs Stadium to coincide with the city's celebration. The Phillies instead hosted the 1952 All-Star Game at Shibe Park.[4]

Roster[edit]

1951 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
SS Lipon, JohnnyJohnny Lipon 129 487 129 .265 0 38

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cain, BobBob Cain 35 149.1 11 10 4.70 58
McLeland, WayneWayne McLeland 6 11 0 1 8.18 0

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bearden, GeneGene Bearden 37 3 4 0 4.33 38

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens American Association Jack Tighe
AA Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Gene Desautels
A Williamsport Tigers Eastern League Schoolboy Rowe
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Ace Parker
B Davenport Tigers Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Marv Olson
D Richmond Tigers Ohio-Indiana League Ralph DiLullo
D Jamestown Falcons PONY League Tony Lupien
D Wausau Lumberjacks Wisconsin State League Bob Benish

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marv Grissom page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Numbelivable!, p. 92, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  3. ^ a b Numbelivable!, p. 93
  4. ^ Vincent, David; Lyle Spatz; David W. Smith (2001). The Midsummer Classic: The Complete History of Baseball's All-Star Game. University of Nebraska Press. p. 111. ISBN 0-8032-9273-2. 

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