After the war, he married Evelyn, spent three years pitching in a Georgia semipro circuit and then opened a cleaning business in Macon. From 1949 to '53 he was back in the Class D Georgia State League, pitching in Dublin and Eastman, while looking after his business. "I would go to work in the store and then every fourth day I'd drive to Dublin, Eastman or someplace else to pitch," he says.
In 1951 he was signed by his hometown Macon Peaches as a part-time pitcher. "I pitched in four games and was 2-0," says Tyler, who at 6'2" and 188 pounds has maintained his minor league playing weight of 185-190. "But then they wanted me to join the team full time. With my business, a wife, two kids and a bad knee, I just couldn't do it. I realized that at 31, I wasn't going to make it all the way up."
At 74, Tyler still is finding new thrills as a ballplayer. After a one-inning save that included two strikeouts at last November's Men's Senior Baseball League World Series in Phoenix, Tyler was carried off the field by his teammates. "I couldn't wait to call my wife," he says, "because that had never happened before."
During the off-season Tyler throws against the wall near his home every other day, and in the spring he pitches batting practice to local high school players. Occasionally, he drags his old buddy, Howell, who is 73, out of his insurance business office for some BP. "Orbin can still hit, says Tyler, "and it gives me someone to pitch to."
So when might the old Macon peach of a pitcher pack it in? "When I can't get the hitters out anymore," he says. "It's that simple."