Vic Wertz was run producer for Tigers in 1950s

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The Detroit Tigers didn’t do much in the 1950s. It was a lost decade for the franchise. But they did have a few good ballplayers come through the clubhouse.

One of those players was Vic Wertz, a hard-hitting outfielder who was a three-time All-Star for the Tigers. In 1949 he drove in 133 runs, and the following season, Wertz plated 123 and finished 10th the American League Most Valuable Player voting. Not bad for a player whose team was buried deep in the second division.

The cartoon below was published in the March 22, 1950, edition of The Sporting News.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He lives in Michigan where he writes, runs, and enjoys a good orange soda now and again.
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