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

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