This Day in History

                            

On October 7, 1935 the Detroit Tigers won the World Series with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 6. This was the first championship for the Tigers in five World Series appearances. They had lost in 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1934. Some believed the Cubs would be World Champions since they had a better regular season record than the Tigers. In addition, the Cubs had a 21-game winning streak during the pennant stretch. The Tigers went 8-14 in their last 22 games, however, their Game 6 performance proved many of their skeptics wrong. Tommy Bridges pitched a complete game victory to win the Series for Detroit. Mickey Cochrane, the Tigers' manager, commented on Bridges' performance, "A hundred and fifty pounds of courage. If there ever is a payoff of courage, this little 150-pound pitcher is the greatest World Series hero." In addition to Bridges, right fielder Pete Fox was the Tigers' hitting hero, accumulating ten hits and an average of .385 for the Series.

                             

Navin Field, where Game 6 was played, quickly became filled with excited fans who rushed the field after Goose Goslin's game winning hit. For a short time, the city of Detroit's worries over the Great Depression disappeared as the joyous World Series celebration flooded the entire city. Newspapers reported the celebration went on until three in the morning. 

Despite the happiness the team must have experienced during this time, there was some unfortunate news that soon followed the World Series win. Detroit owner Frank Navin ran the organization for 30 years. Navin saw four of his teams win American League pennants, only to lose four World Series. Five weeks after the Tigers won the World Series, Navin suffered a heart attack and died.  

                                       

 

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