April 23, 2009

HEY, COULD YOU PHOTOSHOP IN A LESS EMBARRASSING OUTFIT? (via Glenn Dryfoos)

A young Leyland pops up in an old Fidrych photo (Mari delaGarza, 4/16/09, Detroit FREE PRESS )

The main photo on the front page of our Tuesday sports section showed Fidrych celebrating the final complete game of his career, an 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 2, 1980.

One fan in the background stands out. He's wearing a light-colored sports jacket, with a fist extended into the air. He has dark hair and looks to be in his mid-30s.

It's Jim Leyland.

"I'm a little disappointed," he told reporters in his office on Wednesday morning as he reached for the newspaper. "You guys didn't see me in the paper yesterday."

How did that photo come to be? Leyland was managing the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate in Evansville, Ind., that year. Fidrych completed a rehabilitation assignment there.

Leyland was able to attend the game because the minor league season was over. He brought his mother, Veronica, to Tiger Stadium with him. She's also visible in the photo, to the front and left of her son.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2009 7:18 AM
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