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Poker Tales: Detroit Tigers

Did Frank Navin win the Detroit Tigers in a poker game? Navin's card skills may have been good enough to win ownership of the team but there's more to the story.

John Navin at forbes.com explains Navin's background like this: "odd for an accountant with a law degree: before the bookkeeping gig, he worked as a croupier in one of Detroit’s casinos. Sometimes he could be seen at a Windsor horse track where some folks swore he only bet on winners."

The tale goes on to say that Navin knew William Hoover Yawkey. In those days the all-night poker games were a standard in Detroit and Navin had at least one very good night at the table. He picked up his $5,000 winnings in the morning and went to Yawkey's office. They struck a deal.

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