Bill Fundaro, known affectionately as "Foul Ball Billy" during much of his 50-plus-year tenure as an usher for the Detroit Tigers and a long-time teacher and coach in Metro Detroit, died Sunday. He was 77. Fundaro started with the Tigers in 1968, and his last season was 2019.
So, Avila has a new phase, which puts pressure on himself to do his job: "Sense of urgency." "We want to get our big-league club up and running into the playoffs, into the World Series," Avila told the Free Press on Friday. "That's our goal.
Tom Yewcic, a multisport standout who played one game at catcher for the Detroit Tigers before spending several years as a punter with the Boston Patriots, has died. An obituary posted on the website of Keefe Funeral Home in Massachusetts said Yewcic died Tuesday. Yewcic grew up in Pennsylvania and played football and baseball at Michigan State.