Mankowski was never a regular, but he platooned with Aurelio Rodriguez at third base
for the Tigers in 1977-78, hitting .276 and .275.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 7, 1978: Mark Fidrych scatters five hits in beating Toronto, 6–2. The Tigers get homers from Milt May, Phil Mankowski, and Jason Thompson. The Bird, trying to recover from tendinitis that limited him to 11 starts in 1977, will win only three more ML games.