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Birdie Tebbetts from the Chronology
Apr 1, 1964 - Cleveland manager Birdie Tebbetts suffers a heart attack and will be sidelined until July 5th. Coach George Strickland will manage the Indians in Tebbetts' absence.
Oct 24, 1956 - The AP names Cincinnati manager Birdie Tebbetts as its NL Manager of the Year.
Jul 5, 1955 - In Cincinnati manager Birdie Tebbetts complains to Jocko Conlin about the delaying tactics of Cards catcher Bill Sarni and Cards manager Harry Walker soon joins the discussion. The talk escalates to punches and the two managers end up on the ground wrestling. Both bloodied skippers are tossed and will get fines of $100. Sarni gets a $25 slap. The Redlegs tally twice in the 9th to win 5-4.
Aug 3, 1954 - At Forbes Field Reds manager Birdie Tebbetts starts lefty Bud Podbielan but Fred Haney counters with an all-lefty Pirate lineup. Birdie then lifts Podbielan after one batter and brings in righty Joe Nuxhall. The ploy works and the Reds 7-2.
May 22, 1954 - In a unique Birdie Tebbetts' shift against the Cards Stan Musial the Redlegs enlist a "4th" OF in place of regular SS Roy McMillan. This causes a box score irregularity because left-handed Nino Escalera is officially listed as a left-handed SS. After all that Art Fowler strikes out Musial to end the game as the Reds win 4-2.
Aug 6, 1950 - Boston P Ellis Kinder hits a grand slam off White Sox ace Billy Pierce and totals 6 RBIs in the game. Kinder's HR comes after an intentional pass to Birdie Tebbetts. For "Old Folks" it is his first and only career homer. The Red Sox roll 9-2. Kinder also stops rookie Chico Carrasquel's consecutive game batting steak of 24 games. Joe Dobson gives up 7 hits in the nitecap and wins 4-3 to give the Bosox a sweep.
Sep 28, 1949 - In Washington the Red Sox score a run against Ray Scarborough the Nats' top pitcher and lead 1-0 going into the 9th. But Washington scores twice to win the second run coming in when reliever Mel Parnell facing Buddy Lewis bounces a 1-2 wild pitch in the dirt past C Birdie Tebbetts. The Red Sox drop into a tie for first place.
Sep 27, 1940 - Besides Bobo Newsom (21-5) Schoolboy Rowe (16-3) and Tommy Bridges (12-9) the Tigers pitching staff combines for a losing record. Needing one victory to gain the title manager Del Baker decides to withhold Newsom and Rowe and picks 30-year-old rookie Floyd Giebell. Giebell shuts out the Indians 2-0 to beat Bob Feller who gives up just 3 hits including a wind-blown two-run homer by Rudy York down the LF line. The ball would likely have been caught at League Park. Not eligible for the WS Giebell never wins another game in the majors. During the game unruly Cleveland fans shower the field with fruit and vegetables delaying the game. Greenberg is hit by a tomato while in the field. At one point a basket of green tomatoes is dropped onto Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts' head while he sits in the bullpen knocking him out for a few moments. When Birdie recovers he finds the unruly fan now in the hands of the police and punches him.
Sep 28, 1938 - In Detroit's 12-0 win over St. Louis Birdie Tebbetts clubs a grand slam for the Tigers Detroit's 10th of the year. Five of the grand slams have been hit by Rudy York and the ten is a ML team record breaking the mark set by the 1929 Cubs. George Gill (12-9) is the winner. St. Louis will like what they see acquiring Gill next spring in the Newsom trade.
Jun 12, 1937 - In a split with the Red Sox the Tigers lose the services of C Ray Hayworth who fractures his arm in game 2 when hit by a Bobo Newsom pitch. Birdie Tebbetts takes over. The Sox win 5-4 in 10 innings after losing 3-2 in game 1. Foxx has a homer in each game.