October 10, 1987 |
Things That Can Never Happen in the Metrodome, Chapter 1: It was the top of the seventh inning on July 30, 1985, when Jack Morris turned toward center field and saw the airplane coming. Nobody knew why it was coming. Nobody knew where it was going. All the 25,000 people in Tiger Stadium knew was that there was this airplane diving into the ballpark. Out at shortstop, Alan Trammell dropped to all fours. On the mound, Morris covered his head in terror. At second, Lou Whitaker looked up, then sprinted toward right field.
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.
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.
May 3, 1994 |
The last time Kirk Gibson homered as a pinch-hitter, the occasion was a bit more monumental. This time was altogether different. The result, though, was the same - a winning shot into the seats. Gibson connected for a three-run, pinch-hit homer with one out in the 10th inning, and the Detroit Tigers seesawed past the Texas Rangers, 10-8, last night. His previous pinch-hit homer came in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, a two-run drive with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a 1-2 pitch from Dennis Eckersley, lifting Los Angeles over Oakland, 5-4. It was the only time Gibson, slowed by a knee injury, played in the Series, won by the Dodgers in five games.
August 27, 1997 |
He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Frankford High School. He went to Temple and still lives in the city. Bobby Higginson is a Philly guy, all right. He's also an up-and-coming outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. So it's just possible that nobody is looking forward to the Phillies' visit to Tiger Stadium when interleague play resumes this weekend than Higginson. Unless, of course, it's Phillies first baseman Rico Brogna, Detroit's No. 1 draft choice in 1988, who will be making his first appearance at Tiger Stadium since being traded to the Mets in 1994.
June 2, 1995 |
Deion Sanders has a sprained and badly swollen left ankle, but apparently no fracture, so the Cincinnati Reds decided yesterday not to put him on the disabled list. The Reds' centerfielder was examined yesterday by Pirates orthopedist Jack Failla, who confirmed the initial diagnosis of a sprain. Sanders, who was injured Wednesday on a steal attempt, is listed as day-to- day. Cleveland outfielder Manny Ramirez was selected American League player of the month, while Kenny Rogers of Texas won the AL pitching award.
October 13, 1987 |
They are going down in history, these Minnesota Twins. Baseball history. Sports history. Underdog history. These Minnesota Twins are going to the World Series. Believe it or not. They defied logic. They defied the odds. They defied the Detroit Tigers. They wrapped up the American League playoffs in a mere five games yesterday with a 9-5 win before the shellshocked citizens of Tiger Stadium. They had Tigers starter Doyle Alexander trudging off to adjust the hot water before the second inning was through.
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.
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.
October 10, 1987 |
Sparky Anderson can think of a lot worse predicaments in life than being two games down in a league championship series. And he doesn't mean being three games down. "We're trailing 0-2 and that's not nice," the Detroit Tigers' manager said. "But neither is it if you're broke and don't have no money. "Somebody asked me if this is pressure. I said the only real pressure I can imagine is being a man with a family and no job. I don't think there can be any pressure when you can go home and put a suit on and go out to dinner.