Another legend grows around Lolich. Each day the quiet outside of Tiger Stadium is shattered by the sound of his motorcycle as he comes to work. Lolich loves motorcycles and things like that. Last season he set a team record by going 84 days without a win, yet near the end of the year he was among the best pitchers in the game, winning nine of his final 10 decisions.
Wilson was injured early in the season when he jumped on first base and got a painful bruise on his heel. After missing five starts and three weeks, he has returned in fine form. He has already hit two homers to drive his career total to 28, only nine behind Wes Ferrell's American League record for homers by a pitcher.
This Tiger, in short, is a beast of different stripes. Of its first 66 games Detroit won 20 by scoring while tied or behind from the seventh inning on. As the enemy gave up 48 unearned runs, the good Detroit defense booted only 16. In the vital one-run games that normally decide pennants it has won 18, all but four of those on the last time at bat. This Tiger is biting so hard, in fact, that even Manager Mayo Smith, who went through the entire 1967 season without being thrown out of a game, has been bounced twice already. Unless somebody in the American League puts down some big traps fast, the only thing that is going to be seen of a Detroit Tiger this year is a tail wagging happily in the distance.