Dear Crabby, Who Will Win the World Series?

Dear Crabby, I know you’re a huge baseball fan—particularly The Detroit Tigers. Even though they aren’t competing in the World Series, I wondered if you had any predictions on which team will win: the Houston Astros or the Washington Nationals. Thanks! Ace Fireman Dear Ace Fireman, You are absolutely correct that I am a baseball fanatic. Ahhh. The crack of the bat. It’s one of my favorite springtime sounds. And I do love the Tigers. In fact, I wrote about who my favorite Tiger is a … [Read more...]

Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library Sponsoring Comerica Park Tour May 30

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is sponsoring a tour of Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, on Thursday, May 30. All proceeds will benefit Library programs. The team moved to Comerica Park in 2000 and the tour provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the ballpark including the dugouts, the press box, the clubhouse, the Walk of Fame, and more. Tour participants will meet at Tiger Club lobby which is located near the corner of Witherell Street and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Watch the World Cup?

Dear Crabby, With the World Cup kicking off, I find myself wondering, should I bother to watch it? Also, if I do, should I call it soccer or football? Thanks! P. Lay Dear P. Lay, Ahhh, yes. The FIFA World Cup, which in case you weren’t aware stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Like the Olympics, this global event happens every four years and brings out all the Americans pretending they care or even know anything about the game. Personally, I’m a baseball … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who’s Your Tiger?

Dear Crabby, I am so excited for Opening Day! While I love sports in general, there’s really nothing like springtime baseball in Detroit. So, I was curious: do you like baseball? And if you are a Detroit Tigers’ fan, which player is your favorite? Thanks! Casey Cooperstown Dear Mr. Cooperstown, Of course, I’m a Detroit Tigers’ fan! Honestly. How can anyone not love this franchise? Although, with the passing of Mr. Ilitch earlier this year, it’s going to be an emotional season. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Sitting During the National Anthem Un-American?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem because as he put it, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Do you think not standing for the national anthem is un-American? Thanks, Paulina Paz Dear Ms. Paz, Yes, it is un-American. If you don’t stand for the national anthem you’re a horrible person who should vacate … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: Detroit Tigers’ Game

Spend a day at Comerica Park watching the Detroit Tigers take on the Anaheim Angels, Thursday, August 27, 2015. You'll enjoy lower baseline box seats, hot dog and pop, and hopefully a Tigers' victory! Hurry! The refund deadline for this trip is Friday, July 24. All OPC trips can be found online at www.OPCSeniorCenter.org. Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must be 50+ to travel on these trips and all non-members pay a $10 fee. Call (248) 659-1030 or (248) … [Read more...]

Detroit Tigers: Colorful Characters, Memorable Players, Mangers, and Events in Tiger History

Part of the Michigan Heritage Series The Detroit Tigers are one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Join Scott "Chooch" Westgate and Doug "Moonlight" Otlewski from the Rochester Grangers as they introduce you to the unusual characters and unbelievable events that have occurred in Tigers’ history. Admission is free for Museum members, $3 students and seniors, and $5 for adults. Refreshments will be served. To register please call 248.656.4663 or email at … [Read more...]

RAHS March Meeting: “Detroit City of Champions”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will hold its evening meeting for members and the public on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town, in Rochester. The meeting’s guest speaker will be Charles Avison who will discuss the incredible series of events in 1934-1935 that let up to an amazing sports season in Detroit – the season in which the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won their first championships, and the season in … [Read more...]

Baseball Talk

Kerrie Ferrell will give an entertaining PowerPoint presentation that chronicles the ‘64 year major league career of her father, Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell (1905-’95) on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Kerrie will discuss her book, Rick Ferrell, Knuckleball Catcher: A Hall of Famer’s Life Behind the Plate and the Front Office, that forms the basis of the program. Learn how baseball has impacted American twentieth century social and economic … [Read more...]

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Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney. Richie Cunningham and The Fonz. These are all names ingrained in our pop-cultural subconscious. Here’s another one: Mark Rothman. Not as familiar? While he may not be a household name, as the former head writer of "The Odd Couple," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Happy Days," he’s responsible for families across the country being glued to their TVs week after week. Oh, and also for the phrase, “Sit on it.” Rothman, … [Read more...]