Virgil Exner didn't mind when Ghia, which was building Chrysler's concept cars in the '50s, took his Chrysler D'Elegance show car and had Giovanni Savanucci scale it down for Volkwagen's Karmann Ghia.
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" Detroiters would be hard pressed to pick any other Mickey but their own: Mickey Lolich." My late mother, a native Detroiter who grew up in the 1920s and '30s, would more likely have picked catcher Mickey Cochrane, who, as player-manager, won pennants for the Tigers in 1934 and 1935, winning the World Series in 1935. BTW, I'd say that the real competition between Tigers and Yankees fans was not who had the best Mickey, but rather who was the better outfielder and slugger, Mickey Mantle or the recently departed Al Kaline. Mantle probably had more talent, but he wasted it. Kaline was more of a class act. Speaking of classy acts, the Yankees stunk in 1968 and Mantle was retiring after the season, but the Tigers had respect for him. In a meaningless September game against the Yankees after the Tigers had already wrapped up the American League pennant, Denny McLain was on the mound. Mantle came up to bat, perhaps for the last time at Tiger Stadium. Backup catcher Jim Price was behind the plate and he gave Mantle a heads up that the next pitch was coming right down the middle. McLain grooved the pitch and grinned as Mantle put it in the seats. I'm an inveterate Yankee hater, but I still love that story.
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