DETROIT – Prior to the start of the game between the Tigers and Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at 1:05, Detroit All-Stars Justin Verlander and Pudge Rodriguez will be presented with commemorative awards from the Tigers in recognition of their efforts in the no-hitter against Milwaukee on June 12 at Comerica Park. 


Verlander pitched only the sixth no-hitter in franchise history that evening, beating the Brewers 4-0, with Rodriguez calling the game behind the plate. The no-hitter was the first pitched in Detroit since May 15, 1952, when Virgil Trucks beat Washington 1-0 at Briggs Stadium. His catcher for that game was Joe Ginsberg. 


To connect generations of Tigers fans on Sunday, the club has invited Trucks and Ginsberg to attend the game and be part of the ceremony honoring the current Tigers. Ginsberg, who now makes his home in Ft. Myers, FL, will make the presentation to Rodriguez. Trucks, who will be traveling to Detroit from Calera, AL, will present to Verlander. 


Trucks, who turned 90 on April 26 this year, had a 177-135 record over his 17-season big league career. He pitched a complete game in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game Two of the 1945 World Series, which the Tigers captured four games to three. He was an All-Star for Detroit in 1949, a season over which he went 19-11 with 17 complete games, six shutouts and led the American League with 153 strikeouts. Trucks also tossed a no-hitter against New York in Yankee Stadium on August 25, 1952, with the Tigers winning the game 1-0. 


Ginsberg, who is 80, played in 13 major league seasons after being signed as an amateur free agent by Detroit in 1944. He played in 113 games for the Tigers in 1952, the year he caught Trucks’ no-hitter, batting .221 with six homers and 36 RBI. 


Both former Tigers are also veterans of World War II and had their careers interrupted by their service. Trucks entered the Navy in February 1944 and was discharged in September of 1945, just prior to his pitching in the World Series. Ginsberg was drafted into the Army after the 1944 season and spent two years in the service.