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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 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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