Tigers Retired Numbers

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Below is a list of Detroit Tigers Retired Numbers from the Detroit Tigers team page. Click the image below to see more Tiger history. Are there any Detroit Tigers that you think should be on the list but aren't? Let us know! 

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July 2, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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A Family Sport

Baseball fans listening to a game on the radio in 1956

The one sport that still seems to always bring families together is baseball. Families and friends center celebrations, birthdays, engagments, reunions, and many other significant and important moments around America's favorite past time. It appears to have remained a tradition between families and groups of friends from every walk of life. In times of war, struggle and even the great depression, people found a way to come together to cheer on their favorite teams and players. Although during the Depression the teams had to become a little more creative with promotions, giveaways and prizes to draw the crowds in.

Baseball fans listening to a game on the radio in 1956

In researching the Detroit Tigers we came across this piece of video footage posted to YouTube. This is footage of a family that went to Detroit for the Yankee/Tigers game at Briggs Stadium on August 4, 1956. We loved being able to see not only the players but the fans of that time as well! We hope you enjoy this video as much as we did!

 

July 1, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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The "Beast From The East"

Sports Illustrated, May 1984

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.

Detroit Tigers 1984 - Allan Trammell  Detroit Tigers 1984 - Lance Parrish

June 30, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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"The kid was crude, but look at him run."

Infuriating his own teammates as much as his opponents, Ty Cobb did not receive the warmest welcome in Detroit. Arriving August 29, 1905, Cobb made the fans go wild with his first at bat. He hit a line drive over the head of center fielder Eddie Hahn. Although his name was not even listed on the scorecard that day we are sure fans quickly learned his name. He didn't understand the way his teammates played the game and how they could not do the things that he could.To him there was one way to play baseball - his way.

With that his teammates began what we might today consider hazing Cobb. He would be pushed aside at the batting cages, locked out of the bathroom to freeze in hotel hallways, his bats sawed in half and caps crushed. It did not take long for the fights to begin. Although Cobb was said to have been better with his mouth then his fists, he didn't back away from any man.

Detroit Tigers 1909 - Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb was known as much for mastering the art of batting as for his attitude. Owner Frank Navin saw a young man with great potential who could run like the wind. "The kid was crude, but look at him run." 

 

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Ernie Harwell: "It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello."

"In my almost 92 years on this earth, the good lord has blessed me with a great journey. The blessed part of that journey is that it's going to end here in the great state of Michigan." - Ernie Harwell

 

 

This morning we read an article about Ernie Harwell on espn.com, which featured Mr. Harwell's words to Detroit fans before signing off at his last game. We have found that moments in sports such as these can cause even the toughest of men and women to choke up and draw a tear. Reading these words was one of those moments for us and we felt that it would be very wrong of us to not share those words with you.

"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. I'm not leaving, folks. I'll still be with you, living my life in Michigan -- my home state -- surrounded by family and friends."

"And rather than goodbye, please allow me to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be part of your family. Thank you for taking me with you to that cottage up north, to the beach, the picnic, your work place and your backyard. Thank you for sneaking your transistor under the pillow as you grew up loving the Tigers. Now, I might have been a small part of your life. But you've been a very large part of mine. And it's my privilege and honor to share with you the greatest game of all." - Ernie Harwell

 

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