|Photoshop by Nick Yim. Current photo and concept by Tom Derry.|
He swept us off our feet
Tiger Stadium's colorful groundskeeper Herbie Redmond is the patron saint of the Navin Field Grounds Crew.
By Tom Derry
One of the most beloved figures in Tigers history was groundskeeper Herbie Redmond.
Herbie joined the grounds crew in 1969, and was a fixture at Tiger Stadium for the next 20 years.
While sweeping the infield during the fifth inning, he would always break into the "Herbie Shuffle," dancing and waving to the crowd while dragging his broom.
The dancing began one night when Herbie was celebrating a Jim Northrup home run. When Tigers management called Herbie into the office after the game, he was afraid he was in big trouble.
But instead of reprimanding him, the Tigers told him to keep it up.
And so he did.
For a little taste of the ol' Herbie Shuffle, just press play:Herbie Redmond passed away on Opening Day in 1990, but we'll never forget the joy he brought us for all those wonderful years at The Corner.