clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Jim Leyland is great-uncle of Michigan football's Jack Miller

Michigan Wolverines redshirt sophomore center Jack Miller is name-dropping, because Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is his great uncle.

Leon Halip

Can you name your most famous great-uncle? With the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series, Michigan Wolverines backup center Jack Miller certainly isn't shy about telling people that Tigers manager Jim Leyland is his great-uncle. It's a weird story that doesn't have much to do with anything, but you can't say it's not true. Miller recently told ESPN that he spent time during his childhood waxing poetic with Leyland about baseball.

The theme that emerged from the article is that Leyland has been pining for a World Series ring for a long time, and Miller is hoping this is finally the year where he gets a Tigers world championship on his resume:

"Growing up, there had been these talks of how great of a manager he'd been or wearing a World Series ring," Jack said. "There was a certain element that we understood what he had done, but not until he got to the Tigers [in 2006] did we get to be a part of it."

The Tigers dropped Game 1 to the Giants on Wednesday, but if they can stretch out the series there is a possibility that Miller could make an appearance at the ballpark. The perks of having Jim Leyland as your great uncle, right?