CHASE \u2014 Chase\u2019s Dale Hosler could be called a true Detroit Tiger baseball fan. How true is he? He didn\u2019t miss a game last season and kept score of every play for all 162 regular-season games. He also has more than 100 scrapbooks of Tiger clippings dating from the 1940s. Some are so old that they have a slight smell. That\u2019s how true. Hosler and his wife have lived in rural Chase since 1989. He\u2019s been retired 34 years from a meat packing house in Defiance, Ohio. He\u2019s originally from Ohio but has been a Tiger fan from 1945. When he lived there, it was just a two-hour drive to Detroit. \u201cI was always a Tiger fan,\u201d he said. But Hosler can\u2019t exactly remember how that happened. \u201cIn 1941 to 1945, we lived in Michigan when my dad went up to farm,\u201d he said. \u201cI wasn\u2019t really a fan until 1945 when the Tigers beat the Cubs in the World Series. Ever since then, I hardly missed a game, even though I was working. I\u2019ve been retired. Now I don\u2019t miss a game.\u201d Hosler says just ask his wife: he watches every game from start to finish on his 46-inch flat screen TV. He also has a 42-inch set in the bedroom. \u201cSince I\u2019ve been retired, not every game was on TV and I listened to them on radio,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve kept score ever since I was a kid in 1945. When they were on radio, I\u2019d listen from start to finish. Now they\u2019re on TV, I watch other games too on Direct TV.\u201d He has clippings from the 1945 and 1968 World Series. Hosler used to buy his scoresheets, but now keeps his own system with just about every stat imaginable. He figures in the last 10 years, Hosler guesses he may have missed one or two games each season for certain reasons. The regular season starts next week, but Hosler has also been following the Tigers during the preseason. \u201cI don\u2019t keep score in preseason because there\u2019s too many players,\u201d Hosler said. \u201cThis year, I\u2019ve probably missed two or three innings of a couple of games on radio. When they\u2019re on TV, I don\u2019t miss them. My wife has a schedule, She knows if there\u2019s a ballgame on, I\u2019m not going to be doing anything.\u201d His devotion to the Tigers was tested a few years back when he was in Findlay, Ohio, for a family function when Detroit was in the World Series. He was being teased that he wouldn\u2019t make the game, but left and got back in time to watch it. Hosler has many favorite memories. Ned Garver was a former Tiger who played in the early 1950s and signed a book that he authored. Before coming to Detroit, Garver In 1951, had a 20-12 record even though his team, the St. Louis Browns, lost 102 games that year. \u201cIf I wanted to go to a (Tiger) game, I\u2019d call his wife and she\u2019d tell Ned, and he had them waiting for me at the stadium,\u201d Hosler said. Garver made arrangements for Hosler to visit the clubhouse one day and saw pitcher Dizzy Trout, plus a young Al Kaline and Johnny Pesky. Van Patrick and Trout were Tiger radio announcers in the 1950s. Patrick also teamed with Mel Ott and George Kell on the air and Hosler listened to them all. Hosler remembers listening to former Tiger great Harry Heilmann in the 1940s and 1950s. Hosler, who will soon be 82, in the past would take a fan bus to a game from Mount Pleasant. \u201cOver the years, when I was young and lived in Ohio, it was only a two-hour drive, I might get up on a Sunday morning and say, \u2018let\u2019s go to a ballgame.\u2019 Back then, they played a lot of doubleheaders,\u201d he said. \u201cI might go to 15 to 20 a year. The last one I went to was probably 2014. I went to the 2006 World Series, the second game.\u201d He still has the World Series ticket stub. \u201cCan you imagine, $225 for me sitting clearly out in left center field?\u201d Hosler said. \u201cWhen I first started going to a game, box seats were $2.50. But I had never been to a World Series game. We were trying to get tickets. My son-in-law came up with it and I was able to go to that game.\u201d Provided he has no health issues, Hosler hopes to watch every game again this season. \u201cI\u2019m just a baseball nut,\u201d he said. \u201cEven when I was working, I worked nights and would go in at 8 o\u2019clock. I had a transistor radio and would put the plug in my ear and listen to the game. Even my working day, I didn\u2019t miss them.\u201d Among the top admirers of Hosler\u2019s devotion to the Tigers are members of his coffee group at Bernie\u2019s Place in Big Rapids. Keith White, of Big Rapids, is among Hosler\u2019s coffee friends and said everyone is amazed by their friend\u2019s devotion to the Tigers. Hosler said he makes the drive to Bernie\u2019s Place for coffee about three times a week in early afternoon, Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays... but not if the Tigers are playing. He comes to Big Rapids for rehab at the hospital. Hosler also likes watching the Lions, Pistons and Michigan Wolverines. But it doesn\u2019t compare to his devotion to the Tigers.