Happy Birthday to Don Wert, a Third Baseman who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1963 to 1970 and for the Washington Senators in 1971. Don was an American League All-Star in 1968, the year the Tigers won the World Series. He was known as an excellent fielder, and an incredibly durable player who rarely missed a game. He was also a .333 career hitter against me. The first time I faced him was on May 17, 1966, my rookie season, and the Yankees were in Detroit; I was pitching against Denny McClain for the first time. Denny pitched a two-hitter, with 8 strikeouts. For a few years, he seemed unstoppable. Don was 0-for-1 in that first game, with a walk and an RBI sacrifice fly. I remember another game a few years later, also me vs. Denny that was an especially excruciating loss for all of us. In the top of the fifth, Don hit a two-out single to center. Then Denny got up to the plate and belted another single to center, scoring Don. The Tigers beat us that day, 3-2.