Note: This page is for the major league manager Jack Tighe; for the minor league player of the same name, click here.
John Thomas Tighe
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 170 lb.
Catcher Jack Tighe played in the minors from 1936 to 1947. He was the manager of the Detroit Tigers' affiliate Muskegon Reds in 1940 and 1941 and a coach for the Tigers in 1942. That year, he also guided the Winston-Salem Twins for part of the season before being replaced by Al Unser. From 1944 to 1947, he was manager of the Batavia Clippers in the PONY League, a Cleveland Indians farm team. The team had the best record in the league in 1945 and 1946, and won the playoffs as well.
He returned to the Tigers organization in 1948 as manager of the Flint Arrows, leading them to the best record in the Central League. He was in Flint in 1949, then moved to the Williamsport Grays in 1950, and the Toledo Mud Hens in 1951. Tighe managed the Buffalo Bisons in 1952-1953, then became a coach for the Tigers in 1955-1956. He managed the Tigers in 1957, going 78-76, and began 1958 as manager, but he was replaced by Bill Norman after 49 games (21-28). He then became a scout for the Tigers until resigning in May of 1960, citing the travel as his reason for quitting. However in January 1961 he was signed as a scout for the Houston Colt 45s.
In 1962, he led the Milwaukee Braves AAA affiliate, the Louisville Colonels, to the American Association title, beating the Denver Bears in the finals, then managed the Bears in 1963 when the Braves switched affiliates. Tighe scouted for the Braves in 1964-1966. In 1967, Tighe returned to the Tigers organization once again, managing the Mud Hens for three years (1967-1969). In 1968, he led the Mud Hens to the best record in the International League and was named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. He was later a scout for the Detroit Tigers for a number of years.
Tighe is the nephew of Dots Miller
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