A thought turned into a request that turned into a passion project
The journey of many authors, especially in the sports market, usually lasts decades and starts small and grows into something that they did not originally have in mind. These passionate sports journalists are also fans of many of the teams they write about.
Such is the case for a local Detroit Tiger fan who went from solving a sports font puzzle to building a 568-page magnum opus on one of the largest franchises in professional baseball history.
Roger Yoder recently completed his forthcoming novella on the history of the Detroit Tigers. The book called Detroit Tigers-Michigan’s favorite sports team, was a long-standing commitment from Yoder trying to compile the most complete archive of facts of Detroit Tigers stats, records, and storylines spanning over 100 years of Tigers baseball.
“Every time I wrote an article on the Tigers, I realized that there was no one source for all of the Tiger information in one place,” said Yoder, speaking of the origins of his original plans.
That began his journey of gathering information for the book, which began with no intent to become a nearly 600-page encyclopedia. However, at the end of his work on the book, Yoder is very happy with his work.
Roger Yoder, who graduated from North Adams-Jerome and is from the south-central Michigan area, believes one of the things that makes his book special to the area he grew up in is the Detroit connection Tigers with South is -central Michigan and the surrounding areas of Hillsdale County.
“For me, one of the very fascinating things people will discover in the book is all of the local connections the Tigers have with the area,” said Yoder. “You will be able to find players, local coaches and even owners who are part of the deep history of this area.”
The book is an encyclopedia of everything to do with the Detroit Tigers. With over 560 pages of analytical information, statistics and photos from the decades of tiger baseball. The book is divided into sections. The beginning of each decade is a preview. Each decade includes team records, attendance stats, stroke categories, pitching information, manager and coach information, and storylines from that year that include lesser-known information from minor league baseball partners. Other sections of the book cover the organization’s stadium history, including changes over the years to things like training facilities and spring training stadiums.
Each copy of the book includes a glossary of baseball information and abbreviations to help those unfamiliar with baseball jargon. An important addition to the book is a complete ranking of batters and pitchers, all of which are sorted and sorted according to their actual statistics. Players from the early days of Tiger Baseball are scored against players like Miguel Cabrera. For baseball stats aficionados, all the information they’ve always wanted when comparing old and new players is found in an objective format.
As already mentioned, Detroit Tigers-Michigan’s favorite sports team covers a long history of local connections with the south-central Michigan region. One of those connections that readers can explore is Frederick Knorr. A Michigan native, Knorr was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. Fred later became a great radio manager and was a partner in the Detroit Tigers from 1956 to 1960 (p. 148). A picture of Knorr hangs in the Knorr family dining room at Hillsdale College.
Two players from North Adams, Michigan were part of the minor league members of the Tigers organization. Sal Maglie and John Williams both played within the Tiger organization, and Maglie would become a future MLB All-Star (p. 52). John Williams graduated from Hillsdale College and trained baseball there. The softball field at Hillsdale College was named Johnny Williams Field in his honor.
Bob Duncan of North Adams High School (now North Adams-Jerome) played in 1957 with Class “D” Montgomery (p. 69). Bob Duncan was inducted into the Wall of Fame at North Adams-Jerome High School in 2018.
If the book is released soon, readers will be able to explore even more connections from the Hillsdale County area and the long history of the Detroit Tigers. A current publication date has not been set when this article was written. However, avid followers can check the book’s Facebook page named after the book’s title to find out about the progress of the publication and updates. The most popular sports teams of the Detroit Tigers-Michigan.
The book will appear in stores like Barnes-and-Nobles and online on Amazon Prime. The book will also be available as an e-book. The book is said to cost around $ 32.95. Pre-orders for the book will be possible in the future. Hillsdale Daily News will track the book’s progress and update the community when a release date is set. Opportunities for local fundraising, press tours and promotions will be available shortly.
Roger Yoder plans to make the book part of a series called the Ultimate Major League Baseball Series. Roger is currently working on the next book in the series to cover the New York Yankees. “This book is really flying through the writing phase,” said Yoder. “I look forward to getting and publishing the next book.”
Roger Yoder grew up in South-Central Michigan and graduated from North Adams-Jerome High School. He served in the United States Navy for 20 years; Earned 21 medals. Roger was 1997 Military Person of the Year. He was inducted into the Hillsdale County Veterans Hall of Fame in 2002, the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor in 2019, and the North Adams-Jerome High School Wall of Fame in 2019.
His love of the sport included serving as head coach of the Northern European Women’s Regional Basketball Tournament from 1982, assistant to the men’s college basketball coach, two grassroots tennis championships, 1983 BPAA US Open Pro-Am first runner-up, member of the Professional Bowlers’ Association in 1984 and 1987 the All-Navy bowling camp. Roger has 42 years of media experience working for newspapers, radio stations and sports hosts for television news. Its memberships have included the Professional Football Writers Association of America, the Official Baseball Scorer, the MLB Press Box, and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
The book is dedicated to Landon Hall. Landon died on August 22, 2018 at the age of 12. Landon was preparing to enter seventh grade at Addison Community Schools. He loved all sports and wore his favorite number (2) as a proud panther in football, basketball and baseball.