February 13, 1987
Jack Morris is awarded the highest salary ever given to a pitcher by arbitration when the Tigers must pay him $1.85 million for his services next season. The 31-year-old right-hander will not disappoint, posting an 18-11 record along with an ERA of 3.38 for the AL East Division champions.
January 11, 1971
27-year-old Tiger pitcher John Hiller drives himself to the hospital after suffering three heart attacks while relaxing at home. After recuperating and spending time as a coach for the Lakeland club, the Canadian will come charging back in 1973, lowering his ERA to 1.44 and establishing a new American League record with 38 saves en route to earning the Comeback Player of the Year and eventually becoming Detroit’s all-time leader in saves with 125, before retiring at the end of the 1980 season.