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Monday, January 10, 2022

Former Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series champ Tommy Matchick dies at 78

The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that former utility infielder Tom Matchick, a member of the 1968 World Series championship team, has died. He was 78.

Matchick played three seasons with the Tigers, making his major league debut in 1967 and staying with the team through the 1969 season, before he was to Boston. He also played with the Royals, Brewers and Orioles through 1972, playing in the minor leagues the following four seasons.

In his six seasons, Matchick hit .215 with four home runs and 64 RBIs. Three of those home runs came in the 1968 season, including a walk-off, three-run shot to beat the Orioles, 5-4, on July 19 of that season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 01:51 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 10, 2022 at 03:46 PM (#6060467)
Matchick got 227 AB and hit .203 for the '68 Tigers...who also gave 536 AB to a guy who hit .200 (Don Wert),

215 AB to a guy who hit .135 (Ray Oyler),

212 AB to a guy who hit .156 (Dick Tracewski) and

132 AB to a guy who hit .174 (Jim Price). (And also 111 AB to a guy hit .162 with an OPS+ of 8 [!], but he made up for it by winning 31 games.)

Detroit hit just .235 as a team...but that was still good enough for 4th in the AL in 1968! The Tigers led the league in runs scored, won the pennant by twelve games, then beat the Cardinals in the WS; it was the first Tigers World Championship of my lifetime. (The second one didn't come for another 16 years, and I'm still waiting on the third one, fellas.)
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 04:11 PM (#6060472)

Detroit hit just .235 as a team...but that was still good enough for 4th in the AL in 1968!

Which led to baseball banning defensive shifts in 1969.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: January 10, 2022 at 04:59 PM (#6060482)
Bad last few days for members of world champion 1968-69 teams -- NY Jet Don Maynard died today at age 86.

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