Floyd George Giebell
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Floyd Giebell, who helped the Tigers capture the 1940 American League pennant, died on April 28, 2004 in Wilkesboro, N.C.
He was 3-1 in his career, pitching in 28 games and posting a 3.99 ERA in 67.2 innings.
One of his biggest career moments came on Sept. 27, 1940. The Tigers needed just one win to clinch the American League title and Detroit manager Del Baker decided to go with Giebell, who was recently called up from Detroit. Giebell pitched a six-hit shutout to beat the Indians and Bob Feller, 2-0.
According to published accounts, Giebell still had a silver tray that had been signed by all the Detroit players to commemorate the pennant-clinching victory.
He pitched briefly in 1941 but was sent back to the minor leagues. He pitched for Buffalo in 1941 and 1942 and then served in the military for three years during World War II.
He returned to baseball following the war, but never made it out of the minor leagues. He retired in 1948.
According to his obituary, he worked in the Quality Control Labs of Weirton Steel until his retirement.
Sources: Detroit Free Press Article (2003), AP obituary