September 7, 2015 |
Baseball loves to commemorate its history-making moments. But here's one notable event you won't find in any Cooperstown display. In the third inning of a Giants-Dodgers game on the night of May 16, 1970, Manny Mota swung late at a Gaylord Perry fastball. Somehow, the pesky L.A. outfielder managed to tick the pitch with the end of his bat. The misdirected projectile that resulted, later estimated to be traveling at more than 80 m.p.h., whizzed toward the visitors dugout. Seated two rows behind the dugout, 14-year-old Alan Fish never had a chance.
August 30, 2012 |
The New Orleans Superdome came through Hurricane Isaac largely undamaged and will be ready to host Tulane's scheduled opener against Rutgers on Saturday night if the schools still want to play the game, stadium chief Dog Thornton said. Thornton delivered his assessment Wednesday evening to Tulane officials, who said they expected to make a final call by Thursday morning. The tropical storm, which was a hurricane for part of Wednesday, damaged signs, a marquee, landscaping, and large decorative banners strapped to scaffolding along the edges of a public plaza known as Champions Square.
January 27, 2012 |
DETROIT - Power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder, who said it was "a dream come true," was introduced Thursday by the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park after finalizing a $214 million, nine-year contract, the fourth-largest deal in baseball history. "I just never thought this could happen," said the son of former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder. Fielder recalled hanging around Tiger Stadium when his father played for Detroit. "For me, it was always Sparky saying I was going to pinch-hit - and I really believed him," Fielder said, referring to former managerSparky Anderson.
January 25, 2012 |
Free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed yesterday on a 9-year, $214 million contract that fills the AL Central champions' need for a power hitter, a person familiar with the deal said. CBS first reported the agreement. The person told the Associated Press that the deal was subject to a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not complete. Detroit boldly stepped up in the Fielder sweepstakes after designated hitter Victor Martinez tore his left ACL during offseason conditioning.
January 8, 2012
In the current edition of Sports Illustrated, there is an opinion piece authored by one Dick Friedman, who expounds about his devotion to LSU, his favorite college football team. He has been cheering for the Tigers since wondrous halfback Billy Cannon led the 1958 squad to an undefeated season and the first of the school's three national championships, the last two of which have been won since 2003. Nothing unusual about Friedman's level of devotion, except that this is a guy who lives in New Jersey, and always has. He never attended LSU, saw an LSU game in person or even set foot in Baton Rouge.
June 3, 2009 |
Goodbye, Tiger Stadium As the great Ernie Harwell might say, the corner of Michigan and Trumbull will never be the same. The City of Detroit has rejected a $33.4 million proposal by a nonprofit group to preserve and renovate Tiger Stadium, and the old stadium will be demolished as soon as a deal is negotiated with a contractor. Tiger Stadium, which opened in 1912 as Navin Field, was abandoned after the 1999 season when the Tigers moved to Comerica Park. A demolition project that began a year ago leveled most of the stadium, but the City Council halted the project last fall.
April 28, 2002 |
Two years from now, if all goes as planned, Phillies fans will be able to relax on soft spring evenings and warm summer days in a beautiful new ballpark where the gentle rhythms of the game might carry them away on a nostalgic tide of reverie. In the offices and counting rooms of the facility, however, a more serious game will be taking place, as the organization begins to discover whether the new park is a wave that helps lift the franchise to long-term success or one that merely crests and disappears, leaving the team nearly as dry as before.
September 28, 1999 |
With Al Kaline, legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell and a sellout crowd bidding goodbye, Tiger Stadium went out on in grand fashion in its last turn at-bat yesterday. Better make that grand-slam fashion. Robert Fick, wearing the No. 25 of former Tigers favorite Norm Cash, hit his first career grand slam and Detroit beat Kansas City, 8-2, in its final game at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. In moving postgame ceremonies emceed by Harwell, 65 former Tigers - from Eldon Auker, who played in 1933, to Brad Ausmus of the 1999 squad - formed a chronological line from home plate to the flagpole in centerfield.
September 12, 1999 |
I have seen the future face of professional baseball in Philadelphia, and it is a very bland and depressing visage. It is the lily-white face of corporate America. About a month ago, my 15-year-old son, a consummate baseball fan like his dad, read in Sports Illustrated that Tiger Stadium was scheduled to be demolished at the end of this season. A new state-of-the-art ballpark, of the same kind being proposed for Philadelphia, is going up just a mile away from Tiger Stadium. Luke wanted me to take him to see the old stadium's rusting steel girders before the wrecking ball claimed them.
August 16, 1999 |
If this ballpark came to life, it would be a grandfather with a throaty laugh. Perhaps he would be called Pop-Pop Ralph. His bushy hair and eyebrows would be a luminous silver, and he would belie his age. He would smoke a pipe and tell riveting stories of the past. He would offer a sturdy knee, and he would cry only during the happy times. His soul would be pure. Then again, Wrigley Field has always been more than just a stadium. It is not a place merely to watch but to experience and embrace something beyond baseball.