Ending the season 15 games ahead of the nearest competition, the 1984 Detroit Tigers won 104 games in the regular season. From the beginning of the season, winning thirty-five of their first forty games, the Tigers seemed destined for the '84 World Series. They swept the Kansas City Royals for the American League Pennant. Setting their sights on the title the Tigers would achieve their goal in five games at the expense of the San Diego Padres, who were making their first appearance in the World Series.
Two players that contributed in a large part to the victory of the Tigers were Allan Trammell and Kirk Gibson in Games 4 and 5. In Game 4 Trammell had two, two-run home runs in the 1st and 3rd with the Tigers winning that game 4-2. And in Game 5 Gibson would have 2 home runs, one in the 1st and the other in the 8th inning. Gibson also helped pushed the Tigers into the lead stealing home on a shallow fly ball to right field in the fifth. Lance Parrish would also contribute by hitting a home run in the 7th.
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One of you mentioned the Ty Cobb movie the other day with Tommy Lee Jones. Mitchell & Ness helped with the jersey for that movie and thought we would share some pictures from around the office with you. Hope you enjoy them!
Below is some footage from the movie as well!
In 1968 Al Kaline missed two months that season due to a broken arm. In a move later called one of the ten greatest coaching decisions of the century by ESPN, Tiger manager Mayo Smith brought Kaline back into the lineup. Benching shortstop Ray Oyler and sending center fielder Mickey Stanley to take his spot helped to make room for Kaline in the outfield.
The St. Louis Cardinals were up three games to one in the 1968 World Series. In Game 5 the Cardinals had a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning. Kaline hit a single with the bases loaded, driving in two runs to take the lead. The Tigers went on to win Games 5, 6 & 7 to win their first World Championship since 1945. In seven games and his only World Series appearance Al Kaline hit .379 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Kaline finished his career with 3,007 hits, 399 home runs and 1583 RBIs.
This is the time of year when we start planning for next spring's new baseball jerseys. Now that we have a way to directly communicate with our customers, we want you to help us with this process. So, who are we missing? What baseball players would you like to see represented in next year's spring collection?
We can't promise that we'll be able to sign everyone that you request, but we'll do what we can. Unfortunately there are some players who just don't want their jersey re-made. But maybe, if we get enough requests, we can convince them. It's worth a shot.
Okay, it's your turn. Let's hear it.