“And here to sing the National Anthem, Enigma recording artists The Dead Milkmen!”
While that would have raised quite a few eyebrows in 1987 and probably some today, the Milkmen were actually at Tiger Stadium as guests of utility infielder Jim Walewander. Walewander spent exactly 162 games in the majors (equivalent to one full season) over parts of four years. The ballplayer later claimed it was his association with the punk rock quartet that cut his career short and not his lifetime batting average of .215. Meanwhile, the Dead Milkmen went on to enjoy a lengthy career and are still making music today, along with playing an occasional gig. No word on whether Jim Walewander contributed to their success or not.