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July 29, 1967 United Press International
United Press International
July 29, 1967
Mike Marshall is making believers out of American League hitters almost as fast as he made the transition from the infield to the pitching mound.
The 23-year-old righthanded relief specialist, who almost gave up baseball two years ago in order to continue his education at Michigan State, chalked up his fourth save in as many appearances Friday night by holding off the Chicago White Sox as the Detroit Tigers beat the league leaders, 7-4.
Marshall, who has become the Tigers' big stopper out of the bullpen this season, was originally signed as an infielder with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1961. But things didn't turn out as expected.
"My inability to make the big leagues as a shortstop almost prompted me to call it quits," said the 5-10, 185 pounder.  "But I had pitched some in high school, and last year I thought I'd give it a try."
Marshall won his first four games at Montgomery and finished with an 11-4 record and a 2.40 earned run average.  The experiment was a success and the Tigers were the first one to take notice.  They immediately placed him on their roster during spring training, and he's been showing his stuff ever since.