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1961 Detroit Tigers yearbook (Kaline, Colavito) 48 pages - $40 (west of Ann Arbor)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Detroit Tigers
model name / number: 1961
1961 was the first year that Briggs Stadium became Tiger Stadium. It was also the second year I went to see the Tigers in person. Rocky Colavito was in his second year as a Tiger. A full page is devoted to Colavito’s signature warm up swings. Besides being great hitters, both Kaline and Colavito had rocket arms.

Some of my other favorites from that year were pitchers Jim Bunning, Frank Lary (“The Yankee Killer”), Don Mossii, and Hank Aguirre (a sure strikeout when he was up to bat). Others included outfielder Charlie “Paw Paw” Maxwell (known for his Sunday doubleheader home runs), and newcomer Dick McAuliffe (with his unique batting stance). The Tigers had some fun-to-watch infielders too, such as Stormin’ Norman Cash, Jake Wood (great base stealer) and Chico Fernandez.

Also included in the 1961 team picture and roster, a “Go You Tigers” song sheet, player family photos, and layouts of the other ballparks where the Tigers played. What’s interesting is that there is a Wrigley Field listed (but not in Chicago!). It made sense, though, since the new L.A. Angels played at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Go figure!

Finally, page 48 reminds me of how affordable it was (even in 1961 dollars)—75 cents for bleachers (where I sat) and 3 bucks for a box seat.

The yearbook has a faint fold, which is exaggerated in the photos, but each of the 48 pages is clear, no marks, no stains, and no tears. Overall, it’s in good shape for its 63 years.

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