A thought transformed into an investigation that turned into a passion project
The journeys of many authors, especially those in the sports market, typically last for decades and start off small and grow into something they didn’t originally have in mind. These avid sports writers are also fans of many of the teams they choose to write about.
This is the case of a local Detroit Tiger fan, who went from finding a solution to a sports writing conundrum to creating a 568-page magnum opus on one of the biggest franchises. in the history of professional baseball.
Roger Yoder recently finished finalizing his soon to be released novelization of Detroit Tigers history. The book, titled Favorite Detroit-Michigan Tigers Sports Team, has been a longtime commitment by Yoder who has sought to put together the most comprehensive factual archive of Detroit Tigers statistics, records and storylines from Tiger’s more than 100 years of baseball.
“Every time I did an article on the Tigers, I realized that there was no source for all the information about the Tigers in one place,” Yoder said, discussing the origins of his original plans.
It began its journey in gathering information for the book which did not begin with the intention of becoming a nearly 600 page encyclopedia. However, at the end of his work on the book, Yoder is very satisfied with his work.
Roger Yoder, a North Adams-Jerome graduate and originally from the south-central Michigan area, thinks that one of the things that makes his book special, especially in the region he grew up in, is how Detroit Tigers are connected to the south. -Central Michigan and surrounding 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 this region,” Yoder said. “You will be able to find local players, coaches and even owners who are a part of this region’s deep history.”
The book is a comprehensive encyclopedia of everything about the Detroit Tigers. With over 560 pages of analytical information, stats and photos from decades of Tigers baseball. The book is divided into sections. The start of each decade section is a preview. Each section of the decade includes team records, attendance stats, hitting categories, pitching information, manager and coach information, and this year’s storylines that include lesser-known affiliate information. of Minor League Baseball. Other sections of the book include the history of the organization’s stadium, including changes over the years in things such as training facilities and spring training stadiums.
Each copy of the book comes with a glossary of baseball information and abbreviations to help those unfamiliar with baseball lingo. A major addition to the book is a comprehensive ranking of hitters and pitchers, all organized and sorted by their actual stats. Early Tigers baseball players are ranked against players like Miguel Cabrera. For fans of baseball statistics, all the information they ever wanted when comparing old and new players will be found in an objective format.
As previously mentioned, Favorite Detroit-Michigan Tigers Sports Team covers a vast history of local connections to the south central Michigan region. One of those connections that readers can explore is Frederick Knorr. Knorr was a Michigan native born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Hillsdale College. Fred later became a major radio executive and would become part-owner of 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, Mich., Were among the Minor League affiliates of the Tigers organization. Sal Maglie and John Williams both played in the Tiger organization, and Maglie would become a future MLB star (p. 52). John Williams graduated from Hillsdale College and coached baseball there. The Hillsdale College softball field was named Johnny Williams Field in his honor.
Bob Duncan of North Adams High School (now North Adams-Jerome) performed with the Montgomery “D” Class in 1957 (p. 69). Bob Duncan was inducted into the North Adams-Jerome High School Wall of Fame in 2018.
Readers can explore even more connections to the Hillsdale County area and the vast history of the Detroit Tigers when the book comes out soon. No current release date has been set at the time of writing. However, avid followers can find out about publication progress and updates on the book’s Facebook page named after the title; Favorite Detroit Tigers-Michigan sports teams.
The book will be published in stores such as Barnes-and-Nobles and online on Amazon Prime. The book will also be available in E-Book format. The price of the book is approximately $ 32.95. Pre-orders will be available for the book in the future. The Hillsdale Daily News will follow the progress of the book and update the community when a release date is set. Opportunities for local fundraising, media tours and promotions will be available soon.
Roger Yoder plans to have the book part of a series called Ultimate Major League Baseball Series. Roger is currently working on the next book in the series that will cover the New York Yankees. “This book is really going through the writing phase,” Yoder said. “I can’t wait to go out and publish the next book.”
Roger Yoder grew up in south central Michigan and graduated from North Adams-Jerome High School. He served 20 years in the United States Navy; having won 21 medals. Roger was the 1997 Military Member 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 Michigan Wall of Fame. North Adams-Jerome High School in 2019.
His love for the sport has included being head coach of the champions of the Northern European regional women’s basketball tournament in 1982, assistant coach of men’s college basketball, two grassroots tennis championships, first runner-up in the US Open Pro-Am 1983 BPAA, joined the Professional Bowlers’ Association in 1984 and the 1987 All-Navy Bowling Camp. Roger has 42 years of media experience working for newspapers, radio stations and sports presenters for TV news. Its members include 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 the memory of Landon Hall. Landon passed away at the age of 12 on August 22, 2018. 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 soccer, basketball and baseball.