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Norm Cash

Norman Dalton Cash
Stormin' Norman
Born: 11/10/1934 in Justiceburg, TX USA
Died: 10/12/1986 in Beaver Island, MI USA
Bats: L   Throws: L
Height: 6.0   Weight: 185 lb.
Norm Cash of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1960 — 1974

1968 World Series Champion
1972 American League East Champion
Detroit Tigers jersey #25

PRIMARY POSITION

1B

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#9   Hank Greenberg
#10   Norm Cash
#11   Tommy Bridges
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

Cash was the central piece in the best trade in the history of the Detroit Tigers. On April 12, 1960, on the eve of the regular season, the Cleveland Indians sent Cash to the Tigers for Steve Demeter. What made the deal so lopsided in favor of the Tigers? Cash played 15 seasons for Detroit and slugged 373 home runs. Demeter played in four games for the Indians, went 0-for-5, and never played in the majors again. Using WAR (Wins Above Replacement) to evaluate the trade, Cash produced 48 WAR in Detroit, while Demeter came in at -0.2 for his brief stint with the Tribe. From the perspective of the Tigers it stands as one of the best trades in baseball history, for any team.

Cash famously admitted that he used a corked bat during the 1961 season when he led the American League with a .361 average, .487 on-base percentage, and also slugged .662 with 41 homers and a league-best 193 hits. The following season his average sank 118 points to .243 and he never hit higher than .283 again in his career. True, Cash had a sever drop-off in '62, but it's important to note that offense in the AL dipped sharply within two years after his huge '61 season. In 1963 the league average was down to .247 (it had been .255 in '61). By 1968 - The Year of the Pitcher - the AL average was at a puny .230. So, from 1963-1969, when Cash hit .265, his batting average was actually well above the league norms. Had he played in the 1980s with the same sort of relative performance, Cash (and his contemporaries in the anemic offensive era of the 1960s) would have hit .285-.300 every season. The '61 season is an aberration, but had the offensive floor not dropped out from under the baseball world in the 1960s, it wouldn't look quite as out of place on the back of Cash's baseball cards as it does.

Loved to Face: Norm hit nine homers off Catfish Hunter (.644 SLG against the Hall of Famer), and also slugged nine against Boston's Bill Monbouquette. But he gave Gene Conley nightmares: in 30 career AB's against Conley, Cash had 13 hits (.433) with four homers. Stan Bahnsen was also a favorite target (.441 with 26 hits and two homers).

Hated to Face: Against Diego Segui, Cash was 8-for-58 (.138) with two homers and 16 strikeouts. Apparently, Segui's famous forkball was a big problem for Stormin' Norman. Lefty Gary Peters also stymied Cash (9-for-60 for .150 and 18 K's). Peters, Dean Chance, and Luis Tiant struck out Cash the most often: 18 times each.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1958CHWAL13822000000010.2500.2500.25000000
1959CHWAL58104162501416111890.2400.3720.37505123
1960DETAL1213536410116318634265580.2860.4020.50106041
1961DETAL15953511919322841132115124850.3610.4870.6621692219
1962DETAL14850794123162398963104820.2430.3820.51313130512
1963DETAL1474936713319126792389760.2700.3860.47196238
1964DETAL1444796312315523832170660.2570.3510.453123074
1965DETAL1424677912423130826677620.2660.3710.51294145
1966DETAL1606039816818332932166910.2790.3510.478154154
1967DETAL15248864118165227232811000.2420.3520.43074139
1968DETAL1274115010815125631139700.2630.3290.487123237
1969DETAL1424838113515422742163800.2800.3680.46496135
1970DETAL130370589618215530172580.2590.3830.441165056
1971DETAL1354527212810332911059860.2830.3720.53157147
1972DETAL1374405111416022610250640.2590.3380.445944313
1973DETAL121363519519019401047730.2620.3570.47168027
1974DETAL531491734327121119300.2280.3270.41613102

Totals20896705104618202414137711034330104310910.2710.3740.488139901755112
Per 162162520811411932986328185117149
DET20186593102817932414037310874229102510810.2720.3740.490139851653109

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1959WSCHWAL4400000000020.0000.0000.00000000
1968WSDETAL726510001500350.3850.4330.50000010
1972ALCSDETAL51514001200230.2670.3530.46700100

Totals16456140027005100.3110.3730.44400110

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1980BBWAAPlayer61.6
75% needed for election by the BBWAA