A right-hander who would bounce from
bullpen work to the rotation for the
Tigers and Indians in the early 1970’s,
Tom Timmermann would not make his
way to the big leagues until age 29.
The hurler would post 27 saves in 1970,
third best in the American League, while
gathering “Tiger of the Year” honors
from the Detroit sportswriters that year.
However, he would find himself in a setup
role in 1971, blowing saves early in the
season, but still putting together a strong
season, 7-6, 3.86 in 52 outings.
His career would begin a downward trend
by 1973 at age 33, but he had very little
reason for concern regarding his future,
as we find out from the cartoon on the
back of his card that Timmermann
“became eligible for his baseball pension
He would close out his playing career
with the 1974 season.