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John Thomas Tighe

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 170 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

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).

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


Preceded by
Bucky Harris
Detroit Tigers Manager
1957-1958
Succeeded by
Bill Norman

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1940 Muskegon Reds Michigan State League 49-57 5th Detroit Tigers
1941 Muskegon Reds Michigan State League 61-57 4th Detroit Tigers none
1942 Winston-Salem Twins Piedmont League 6-18 -- Detroit Tigers -- replaced by Al Unser (46-63)
1944 Batavia Clippers PONY League 70-55 3rd Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1945 Batavia Clippers PONY League 84-40 1st Cleveland Indians League Champs
1946 Batavia Clippers PONY League 84-41 1st (t) Cleveland Indians League Champs
1947 Batavia Clippers PONY League 60-63 6th Cleveland Indians
1948 Flint Arrows Central League 89-49 1st Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1949 Flint Arrows Central League 77-62 2nd Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1950 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 61-77 6th Detroit Tigers
1951 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 70-82 6th Detroit Tigers
1952 Buffalo Bisons International League 5th Detroit Tigers replaced by Schoolboy Rowe May 7 - May 20
1953 Buffalo Bisons International League 87-65 3rd Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1957 Detroit Tigers American League 78-76 4th Detroit Tigers
1958 Detroit Tigers American League 21-28 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Bill Norman on June 11
1962 Louisville Colonels American Association 71-75 4th Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1963 Denver Bears Pacific Coast League 71-87 9th Milwaukee Braves
1967 Toledo Mud Hens International League 73-66 3rd Detroit Tigers League Champs
1968 Toledo Mud Hens International League 83-64 1st Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1969 Toledo Mud Hens International League 68-72 6th Detroit Tigers

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