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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Game 1 hoopla: Mickey Lolich to throw out first pitch

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One of the Tigers greatest postseason heroes, Mickey Lolich, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s Game 1 against the A’s at Comerica Park.

Tony Lucca, a Metro Detroit native and Season 2 runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice,” will sing the national anthem.

All fans in attendance will receive a Tigers rally towel.

Lolich, 72, won three games in the 1968 World Series as the Tigers beat the Cardinals in seven games to claim the franchise’s third world championship.

Repoz Posted: October 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM (#4256875)
Mickey looks to be in better shape than he was for most of his career.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 06, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4256880)
Wow, he's lost a LOT of weight.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4256992)
They don't allow Denny McLain to do this sort of thing, do they? That would seem beyond the pale.
   4. Bruce Markusen Posted: October 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM (#4257000)
Mickey's definitely off the donuts.

As for McLain, just make sure to keep him and Lolich separated. They still don't like each other.
   5. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: October 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4257018)
One of my earliest baseball memories is watching Mickey in that World Series. It made me a Tigers fan, and I was loyal for many years after, even though I lived on the west coast much of that time. It makes me slightly torn in the A's series, but only slightly. BALFOUR RAGE!
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: October 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM (#4257023)
As for McLain, just make sure to keep him and Lolich separated. They still don't like each other.


OTOH, this news elevates my opinion of Mickey considerably.

   7. valuearbitrageur Posted: October 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4257092)
As for McLain, just make sure to keep him and Lolich separated. They still don't like each other.


How big is the group of people who like Denny McLain nowadays, anyhow?
   8. Bruce Markusen Posted: October 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4257249)
Denny McLain can actually be very personable, a charmer to so to speak, but in my own case, he sent me a rather unpleasant e-mail after I wrote a favorable article about Eddie Brinkman, the man for whom McLain was once traded. Denny felt that I was overrating Brinkman, and in the process, denigrating McLain's value to the Senators.

That trade netted the Tigers Brinkman and Aurelio Rodriguez, who formed a very good left side of the infield and helped Detroit win the AL East in 1972. In contrast, McLain did little for Washington, other than sell a few tickets at RFK Stadium.
   9. something like a train wreck Posted: October 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM (#4257410)
McLain has a very appealing personality. Ted Bundy would be his closest comp.
   10. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: October 06, 2012 at 11:20 PM (#4257433)
Nice form for a 72-year-old. Heck, nice form period.
   11. Morty Causa Posted: October 07, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4257630)
What was it with the Detroit organization--was it on this secret holy mission to see how many first-rate pitchers they could destroy? McClain, Lollich (376 innings!Followed by three years of over 300, preceded by two years of almost 300), then a few years later Fidrych. Any others?
   12. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4257654)
In contrast, McLain did little for Washington, other than sell a few tickets at RFK Stadium.


He did crack the big "20" number there, though. Losses, not wins, unfortunately.

Lolich looks good out there. Good for him. He wouldn't have been at the top of the list of 1960s guys you expected to see out there, throwing out the first pitch and looking fit, in 2012.

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