Whenever fans want a manager or executive replaces, it does take on a somewhat blood-thirsty nature. Think Matt Millen with the Detroit Lions, Rich Rodrigues with Michigan, more recently Jeff Blashill with the Red Wings.
Even now, it's still a remarkable story. Ron LeFlore, who was doing hard time armed robbery at the Jackson State Prison got a chance at redemption and made the most of it, and on this date in 1974, made his debut with the Detroit Tigers.
The game attracted not only the best of the best, but also a packed house of some 49,000 fans. The National Leaguers wore special uniforms that afternoon. The American League players word their home whites.
Former NBA champion Power Forward/Center will be pacing the sidelines in a suit alongside Coach Ham as his assistant. That's now two members from that dominate Pistons team looking to spread their winning magic, knowledge, and passion to the young stars of the Lakers.
There an important life lesson here. It was about a week ago that former Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya went off on social media, ripping the team and call for pretty much one's head, starting with General Manager Al Avila.
Tigers manager Sparky Anderson surprised Selleck during the April 3 contest, calling on him to pinch-hit in the seventh inning. So Selleck stepped into the batter’s box, bad hamstring from the day before and all, in the eighth against right-hander Tim Layana, who himself had a 3.49 ERA out of the bullpen the year before for the World Series champions.
Coincidentally the story of the film is about an aging Detroit Tiger who is attempting a Swan Song season and make it to the World Series. This is of course what happened the very next year, as the Tigers would go on to be World Series Champions.