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  • Doc Cramer

    40 year old outfielder Doc Cramer was reduced to an unaccustomed role as a back-up outfielder. Known throughout his career for his speed and ability to hit to all fields.
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    • Eddie Mayo

      36 year old left hand hitting, infielder was the second of three who between them largely shared second base duties in 1946.
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      Last edited by abravesfan; 09-17-2019, 08:29 PM.

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      • Not a new observation, but people certainly aged faster back then. Caster and Cramer look 10 years older than they were.

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        • The third player to share significant time as the Tigers 1946 second baseman was another 36 year old, right hand hitter, Skeeter Webb. Mayo and Webb had been the Tigers regular double play combination the previous pennant winning season with Skeeter fulfilling the Shortstop role.
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          • Paul Richards

            37 year old Paul Richards closed out his career as the Tigers back-up catcher in 1946. Colorization provided by Marc Weiss. Went on to establish a reputation as an innovator and one of the smartest men in baseball history.
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            • Anse Moore

              28 year old, left handed hitter Anse Moore's Major League career consisted of 1 season with the 1946 Detroit Tigers. The highlight of the Outfielder's 51 games may well have been his participation in a double play from left-field in a double play. Colorization provided by Krantzbucks.
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              • Bob Swift

                The Tigers main catcher from the previous year's pennant winning team Bob Swift was reduced to third in terms of his direct contribution, in terms of games played and at bats, as the Tigers catcher in 1946.
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                • Barney McCosky

                  Traded after playing 25 games for the Tigers to the Philadelphia Athletics in a transaction that resulted in the acquisition of what turned out to be a Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell. 29 year old McCosky, a hitherto established over .300 hitter, was at the time hitting at an unprecedented level of .198. Could it be that after a 3 year break for service in the Navy that McCosky's hitting skills had gone? The trade turned out to be beneficial for both parties as McCosky responded by returning to the back of his baseball card by batting .354 with the Athletics for the remainder of the season.
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                  • Pinky Higgins

                    37 year old third baseman Pinky Higgins started the season with the Tigers in what turned out to be his final Major League season. After representing Detroit in 18 games the rest of the season was played in Boston with the Red Sox. Clearly the acquisition of Kell reduced Higgins opportunity in Detroit and after his sale he was able to assist the Red Sox to reach the World Series, where he also held managerial reins, an appointment made in 1955.
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                    • Johnny Lipon

                      23 year old back up shortstop Johnny Lipon played 14 games for the Tigers in 1946, four years after his first season, as a result of a career interrupted by Military service.
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                      • Hal White

                        27 year old relief picher Hal White appeared in 11 games. 3 years earlier in his most recent Major League stint he started over 20 games.
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                        • Johnny Gorsica

                          31 year old, right handed relief pitcher Johnny Gorsica appeared in 14 games but was not involved in any decision.
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                          • Tommy Bridges

                            1946 marked the final Major League season for 39 year old Tommy Bridges. He appeared in 9 games all but one in relief, and so ended the career of a doctor's son who became one of the best pitchers in baseball despite a relatively small stature amounting to 155 lbs. The still enthusiastic right hander continued to pitch with Portland in the PCL, although being told in the spring of 1946 that he was way past his best. Proceeded to grace the PCL in 1947 with a no hitter and lead that league in ERA. His career WAR total of 51.6 ranks him 94th amongst pitchers in baseball history, equal with Early Wynn and just above Orel Hershiser. He fell 6 wins short of a career total of ML 200 victories, all spent with Detroit.
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                            • Johnny Groth

                              19 year old Johnny Groth's Major League career commenced on 5th Sept.1946, following his Navy discharge the previous month. He had gained the attention of Major League scouts a year earlier while playing with Bob Feller in the Navy. A bidding war ensued between the Indians and Tigers for his services. The Tigers won the battle late in 1946 giving Groth a $30,000 signing bonus and a $5,000 a year contract for 3 years.
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                              • Originally posted by abravesfan View Post
                                Paul Richards

                                37 year old Paul Richards closed out his career as the Tigers back-up catcher in 1946. Colorization provided by Marc Weiss. Went on to establish a reputation as an innovator and one of the smartest men in baseball history.
                                A shame that he never won a pennant let alone WS despite drafting/trading for top prospects/players that made contenders of the ChiSox in the 1950s, O's in the 1960s, Colt .45s & Braves.
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