From SABR member Kevin Glew at the Canadian Baseball Network on February 22, 2018, on SABR member Chip Martin:
A Canadian manager had to shut down a Canadian superstar for the city of Detroit to win its first World Series.
That’s one of the many fascinating stories that Brian “Chip” Martin shares in his excellent new book, The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881-88.
It was in 1887 that Brantford, Ont., native Bill Watkins managed the National League’s Detroit Wolverines to a World Series victory over the American Association’s St. Louis Browns, led by Triple Crown winner and Woodstock, Ont., native Tip O’Neill.
Yes, before there were Tigers in Motown, there were World Champion Wolverines. That’s the little talked about chapter in Detroit’s professional baseball history that Martin adeptly shines the spotlight on in his engrossing new book, which is the first devoted to the Wolverines.
Originally published: February 23, 2018. Last Updated: February 23, 2018.