Jack Tighe

John Thomas Tighe (August 9, 1913 – August 1, 2002), pronounced "tie", was an American minor league baseball player, coach, manager and scout for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.

Jack Tighe
Jack Tighe
Detroit Tigers
Born: August 9, 1913
Kearny, New Jersey
Died: August 1, 2002 (aged 88)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Middle Atlantic League debut
1936, for the Charleston Senators


Born in Kearny, New Jersey, Tighe joined the professional ranks in 1936 as a catcher with the Charleston Senators,[1] a Detroit farm club in the Class C Middle Atlantic League. A right-handed batter, he rose no further as a player than Class A1, two levels below the major leagues, with the Beaumont Exporters of the Texas League in 1938–39.

The following season, Tighe became a manager in the minor leagues.

In 1940 and 1941, Tighe was player-manager of the Muskegon Clippers, a Michigan State League Tiger farm club.[1] He was a Detroit coach for the latter half of the 1942 American League season, then resumed his minor league managerial career from 1944 to 1953.[2] In 1948, Tighe was assigned to be the first manager of the Flint Arrows in the Central League.[3]

He was again named to the Tigers' coaching staff in 1955–56, and replaced his boss, Bucky Harris, as Detroit's manager following the 1956 season. Tighe led the Tigers to a 78–76, fourth-place finish in 1957, but when Detroit faltered (21–28) early during the 1958 campaign, he was released in favor of Bill Norman.[1] Tighe's career managing record: 99 wins, 104 defeats (.488).

He later managed and scouted in the Milwaukee Braves organization before returning to the Tigers' farm system, winning the 1967 Governors' Cup championship[4] and the 1968 International League regular season championship at the helm of the Toledo Mud Hens.[1] He served full-time with the Detroit Tigers system until 1982 then under various capacities until 1990.[1]

Jack Tighe died at age 88 on August 1, 2002, eight days short of his 89th birthday in Pompano Beach, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Former Tigers' Manager Jack Tighe Dead at 88". The Bryan Times. AP. August 3, 2002. p. 10. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Spink, J.G. Taylor, Rickart, Paul A., and Abramovich, Joe, Official 1956 Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1956, page 287
  3. ^ Adams, Dominic (May 1, 2015). "1 comment Flint joins Baltimore on list of pro baseball games with single-digit attendance". The Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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1942 Detroit Tigers season

The 1942 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 73–81, 30 games behind the New York Yankees.

1948 Detroit Tigers season

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1949 Detroit Tigers season

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1957 Detroit Tigers season

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1958 Detroit Tigers season

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Frank Dwyer

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International League Manager of the Year Award

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Jan E. Tighe (born 1962), American military officer

Karen Tighe, Australian sports presenter

Kevin Tighe (born 1944), American actor

Mary Tighe (1772–1810), Irish poet

Michael Tighe, American musician and actor

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Willis died in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 96.

Toledo Mud Hens managers

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