Team 95: The 1951 Tigers

November 10th, 2009 by Blake VandeBunte Leave a reply »
Year: 1951 Record: 73-81 Win %: .474 Win % Change: -143 one of the five worst in team history Run Differential: -56 Pythagorean Record: 71-83 AL Finish: fifth of eight Manager: Red Rolfe Best Transaction: Signed Frank Bolling as a free agent. Since this was in the days before the amateur draft, young guys were allowed to essentially sign with the team of their choice. Bolling signed with the Tigers in the winter before the 1951 season. He didn’t play for the Tigers until 1954, but he was good once he was ready to play.  Bolling played second base for the Tigers from 1954-1960, getting MVP votes twice and winning a Gold Glove. Bolling was roughly league-average at the plate, but he was a very good defensive player. He was dealt to Milwaukee later in his career in a deal that brought the Tigers some decent players. Worst Transaction: Traded Saul Rogovin to the White Sox for Bob Cain. Cain put together one good season for the Tigers and Rogovin really wasn’t special, but I had to get something down here. Rogovin would win the AL ERA title in 1951 after making only five starts with the Tigers. In 1952, Saul won 14 games, so the Tigers essentially gave up on a guy two years too ea ...

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