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GH to the majors?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:18 PM
mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 243

ANSWER:

Six, according to Dr. Dave Seibold.

In his local history tome, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny," Seibold wrote that the first local boy to make it to the "The Show" was Richard Pierre, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies back in 1883. George "Doc" Schmick played in the majors around 1900.

Neal Ball, whose glove is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, played seven years (1907-14) as a shortstop and third baseman for Cleveland, Boston and the old New York Highlanders (today's Yankees). He made the first unassisted triple play in Major League history, then hit a home run in the same inning.

Frank Secory was the first Grand Haven High School graduate to make it to the majors, according to Seibold. Secory played for the Phillies, Milwaukee, Detroit Tigers (1940-41), Cincinnati and Chicago Cubs. He became an umpire in 1950, and his umpire uniform was donated to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in 1988.

Howard Bailey, who pitched 50 games for the Tigers from 1981-83, was born in Grand Haven and now lives in West Olive.

Jack Tighe didn't play in the majors, but he was a coach for the Tigers in the 1950s and served as manager for a little more than one season (1957 and the early part of 1958). He later owned a hardware store in Spring Lake.

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