DETROIT: Tom Veryzer, who played a dozen years in the major leagues, including four seasons with the Indians, and was the Detroit Tigers’ shortstop before Alan Trammell took over in the late 1970s, has died. He was 61.
The Tigers confirmed Veryzer died this week, as did the Overton Funeral Home in Islip, N.Y.
Veryzer played for the Tigers from 1973-77, then spent four years with the Indians. He played one season with the New York Mets and two with the Chicago Cubs to finish his career.
He played 996 games and batted .241 for his career. In his final season, he was part of the Cubs team that won the National League East in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian, and three children, Thomas, William and Jennifer.