Former Tigers manager Tighe dead at 88
.c The Associated Press
08/02/02 21:25 EDT
DETROIT (AP) - Jack Tighe, whose 52 years in organized baseball included a stint as the Detroit Tigers' manager in the 1950s, has died at age 88.
He died Thursday in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Tighe never played in the major leagues, but became the Tigers' manager in 1957, leading the team to a 78-76 record and a fourth-place finish. Detroit was 21-28 and in fifth place when he was fired in 1958 and replaced by Bill Norman.
Tighe was chosen as minor league Manager of the Year by The Sporting News in 1968 after he led the Toledo Mud Hens - the Tigers' top farm club - to the International League championship. He was a full-time employee of the Detroit organization until 1982 and served in other capacities until 1990.
Born Aug. 9, 1913, in Kearny, N.J., Tighe began his baseball career in 1936 as a catcher with Charleston, W. Va. He was a player-manager for the Muskegon Clippers, a Tigers farm club in the Michigan State League, in 1940-41.
Tighe was inducted into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Tighe's wife, Beverly, died in 1990. Survivors include two sons.
Funeral arrangements were pending Friday.