Herbie Redmond Danced His Way into Tigers’ History

In the neighborhood, he was known as “Short Dog. ”  But Detroit Tigers’ fans knew him better simply as “Herbie.”  Through much of the 1970s and 80s, Herbie Redmond was Detroit’s beloved dancing groundskeeper.

From 1969 through 1989, Herbie entertained Tigers’ fans and players with his signature jig performed during fifth inning infield broomings.  Herbie would dance his heart out much to the delight of the crowd.  His antics made him part of the lore at Tiger Stadium and there probably aren’t many Tigers fans over the age of 35 who don’t remember him. 

Sadly, Herbie died on Opening Day 1990 at Detroit Receiving hospital.  For months after his passing, Herbie’s fellow groundskeepers swept the infield in a “missing broom” formation as a tribute to their fallen friend.

Recently, I met Herbie’s son working at a health club I belong to in the Detroit area.  We reminisced about his dad and he told me how blessed he feels to have had Herbie as a father.  I told him his dad will forever be a part of Tigers’ history.

And he will be.


Herbie Redmond dancing at Tiger Stadium.