Inside baseball: Tubby Spencer

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Tubby Spencer played for the Tigers almost 100 years ago.
  • Tubby Spencer played for the Tigers almost 100 years ago.

Here's an interesting baseball tidbit, if a bit out of season on this snowy Sunday: Tubby Spencer died 70 years ago tomorrow. And it was almost 100 years ago that he played for the Tigers.

Why bring up old Tubby, aside from the anniversary of his death? Well, it's a notable fact that, during his 1917 season with the Tigers, he led the American League in being hit by pitches, taking a total of nine balls to the body. That's toughness. And there's something about a guy taking hits that recalls the great city of Detroit. Maybe it's all those hits we've taken ourselves over the years, but if it advances the game, it wasn't all in vain. 

So, 70 years after you've hit those great shower stalls in the sky, thanks, Tubby. 


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