By Dan Ewald
A biography of Detroit Tigers proprietor John Fetzer who owned the staff for 22 years. It seems to be at baseball in a time ahead of seven determine gamers and the impression of legal professionals.
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The problems of daily life indiscriminately pepper everyone from doctor to lawyer to plumber. Regardless of all uncertainties, however, baseball always stayed a step above all of life's banalities. It was hardly a cure for any malady, large or small; but like a trusted friend, it always was there. Even if misplaced, baseball was accorded the position of serving as a national conscience. There were winners. There were losers. Page 2 But all games were played with dignity. Honesty and integrity were the cornerstones of baseball's foundation.
The year was tightly packed. There was plenty to satisfy the appetite of even the most ravenous sportsman. But it was the Tigers around which the year was planned. The Tigers, of course, long had been one of the most storied franchises in professional sports. The tradition was born in 1901 when they became a charter member of the American League. The game's working-class flavor quickly found a comfortable home in a workingman's town. Since before the turn of the century, Detroit had been primarily a blue-collar town.
He was the textbook portrayal of big business success, yet he ferociously guarded baseball against being swallowed by corporate excess. Page 21 Former Tiger Manager Jack Tighe offered one of the most subtle, yet perhaps most insightful, reflections on the character of Fetzer. Tighe first joined the Tiger organization as a player in 1935. He got his first minor-league managing job at Muskegon, Michigan in 1940. He was Fetzer's first manager in 1957 after the syndicate officially took control of the Tigers.