Adrian in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Frank Navin & The Detroit Tigers
Frank Navin was the most famous Adrian native involved in professional baseball in his day. Born in Adrian in 1871, Navin went to Detroit in 1889, where he worked as a bookkeeper. He eventually became the right-hand man to Sanuel F. Angus, the first owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball club (1901-1903). By 1903, Angus wanted out of the Tigers organization. At Navin's urging, a 28-year-old wealthy lumber heir named Bill Yawkey agreed to purchase the club, as long as Navin would represent his interests. Navin's signings of Ty Cobb and Hughie Jennings were instrumental in the development of the Tigers' American League championship teams of 1907-1909.
By 1908, Navin bought Yawkey's majority of the club, giving himself principle ownership of the Detroit Tigers. In 1912, Navin built a new ballpark at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, called Navin Field (later renamed Briggs Stadium and then Tiger Stadium). Frank Navin would own the Detroit Tigers until his death in November of 1935 — six weeks after the Tigers won their first World Series championship.
The most famous baseball game played in Adrian occurred on October 11, 1923, at Franklin Park. The day after they finished their regular season, the Detroit Tigers came to Adrian to play a game against a local team, the Adrian Independents. A large reason
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Location. 41° 53.877′ N, 84° 2.23′ W. Marker is in Adrian, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 165 feet north of Church Street (Business U.S. Highway 223). Marker is at or near this postal address: 136 South Main Street, Adrian MI 49221, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Antislavery - Underground Railroad Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); Laura Smith Haviland Laura Haviland (within shouting distance of this marker); Adrian Fire Department / Adrian Engine House No. 1 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cooley Law Office (about 400 feet away); Adrian's Prominent Leaders (about 500 feet away); Adrian's Governors (about 600 feet away); Professional Baseball in Adrian (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adrian.
Also see . . . Frank Navin. Article on the Society for American Baseball Research website. (Submitted on June 21, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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