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Old 05-18-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Best Tigers Game you went to at Briggs/Tiger Stadium / Comerica Park

Today is the anniversary of the best game I went to see the Tigers play with my dad, May 18, 1959. Unfortunately it was at fenway park. Best game at Briggs Stadium was end of July 1954, it was my first Tigers game ever as a real young kid with dad also to see the/his redsox. I was going on all of 7 that game, so I wasn't as mindful of the ballgame and atbats, as I was, by looking in amazement at the 'Greenest grass' I ever saw, the huge crowd of people, and the skinny kid in rightfield with his rocket throwing arm who to this day remains my hero and favorite player.
But this game at fenway, I was aware of everything baseball by then, and everything Tigers. It was on a Monday, and I was able to skip school. I was looking for revenge at this game because my Tigers lost the day before,on Sunday, 10 - 1. I was bullshit that "My Tigers" lost like that, I already had a dislike for the redsox. So there we were close to the field again first base side, but between first base and home plate. The Tigers had my favorite pitcher going that afternoon Jim Bunning and he didn't disappoint me either.
The Tigers crushed the redsox 14 - 2. Bunning had a career hitting day for a pitcher, with a homerun and a triple, going 4 for 4 with 5 rbi. In fact posting this at HighHeatStats iirc last year, they said going by play index, Bunning was the only pitcher to do that since 1916 or 1920. Kaline had a homerun double and 3 rbi, Charlie Maxwell with a homerun and 3 rbi, and 2nd baseman Frank Bolling also had a homerun.
About 10 years ago on Ebay, I found a postgame picture of the four of them with bats in hands and smiles from that game. It has been a treasured part of my Kaline and Tigers collection to this day. A kid going on 12 had his special Tigers game.
There were a couple other great games I went to; The game, early 1990's I met 'Ernie', Lou, and Trammell getting off the Tigers bus to play, the game in the early 1980's when Uncle Charlie and I talked with Sparky before the game started, and the time with alot of friends from the post office in the mid 1980's and my standing near the Tigers dugout as Jack Morris walked back to the 3rd base side dugout after throwing his pregame warmup pitches with his head bowed down, I yelled to him, "Jack Morris, I don't expect anything less than a shutout tonight"!!, and with that Morris looked up while he kept walking looked right at me wearing my Tigers cap with this barely noticeable smile put his head down and kept walking towards and into the dugout. By the way, the Tigers won that game on a Jack Morris 3 - 0 shutout.

Here's the boxscore from the May 18, 1959 game.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...95905180.shtml

Boxscore from Morris' shutout.
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1...110DET1986.htm

I posted this years ago back on the old Espn Tigers message board, and hope that this time as well, as many of you will add your 'favorite' Tigers game, or games you went and saw at Briggs/Tiger Stadium or Comerica Park.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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My first game at Tiger Staium...I was probably in the 3rd grade. It was a double header vs. the Blue Jays. I had never been to Detroit before. Being from the country I thought Detroit was dirty and old. I wasn't impressed. Then when I walked into the staduim I started to get a little excited....and when we walked through the little tunnel to our seats and I saw the bright green grass...all of the fans...well, I was hooked. Beautiful!

The best game was game 5 of the 1984 WS. Enough said.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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The best game I attended was also my last. Haven't made it back to Comerica since my first daughter was born. June of 2006 vs. the Cardinals. Rogers started, didn't have his best stuff, and we trailed most of the game. Quadruple-A Thames tied it w/ a two-run shot in the bottom of the 9th, and Polanco drove in Grandy in the bottom of the 10th for the winning run. Final score 7-6 or something like that. Granderson went 5-5. His fourth hit to get on before Thames homer was a little squibber that Yadier Molina barked and complained that Grandy fouled it off his foot. Saw the replay after the game and Molina had a beef. But oh well, fuck him...

Really hoping to catch one this summer.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #4
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I have been to several at Tigers Stadium, and Comerica and I can't say which is my favorite, but the most memorable was July 28, 1993.

It was a loss and for that reason probably not a favorite, but memorable because we all cheered Travis Fryman who had hit for the cycle, the last Tiger to do so had been Hoot Evers in 1950.

The game was also memorable because it was threatening to thunderstorm, and the New York pitcher knocked Cecil Fielder down with a brushback pitch, when Cecil got up he stared him down just as a loud thundercrack went off....causing everyone to ooh and ahh and cheer Fielder to send one deep. (he didn't )

Also Paul O'Neill hit a homerun that went right at me, like directly over my head...but about 5 rows behind, figures.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #5
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Best game I ever went to was a Saturday afternoon game @ Tiger Stadium vs the White Sox, June 14 '80 on a first date with a luscious female co-worker who had the hots for me. We both worked @ the MCS, which was only a few blocks away from the now late ballpark. Tigers won 3-0, and we later went to a drive-in movie that night. Don't remember what we went to see, or much of the movie itself, b/c my car windows got too fogged up...

I do remember that the people in the cars next to us knew what we were up to, when I later got out of the car to go to the drive-in's concessions building, b/c they clapped and shouted @ me as I walked away...haha!!

Unfortunately our relationship did not last very long, as she was perma-laid off ~6 months later, (as was I ~2 years afterward), she soon moved out of state to TX with her sister, (as did MANY unemployed SE Michiganders back then) and we didn't keep in touch.

Edit: although I attended dozens of regular-season games @ Tiger Stadium, especially during the early-mid-70s, none of them were particularly memorable, and with the lone exception of one game, I don't recall any foul balls or homers landing nearby where I sat. The one time that a baseball did come close was when we, being my younger brother and I along with a few of our NE Detroit hood-rat teenage friends were seated in the lower-deck seats near the first-base line. Back then Tigers fans could still buy a "Vuvuzela-like" orange plastic horn to toot during the game @ one of the souvenir stands in the concourse. One of our friends bought one, and he was sitting next to me when a foul ball came right @ us. Somehow he managed to hold the horn upright and actually caught the baseball with the wide end, which was just wide enough to hold it. But unfortunately for him the added weight of the baseball was just enough for him to lose control of the horn and it tilted down and the baseball dropped right into the lap of a woman seated one row below us...lol.

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Old 05-18-2013, 12:53 PM   #6
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May 23, 1971 at Tiger Stadium, my oldest sister's 16th birthday. Doubleheader against the Washington Senators. My Dad had gotten seats right-field upper deck, 2nd row from the top. I was pissed. You couldn't even see Al Kaline playing RF and there was no way I was catching a ball up there! Norm Cash hit one (1 of 3) that bounced off the wall behind us, and I asked my Dad if we could move (for safety reasons)!

DET won both games 5-0 and 11-0. Lolich had the shutout in the first game (time 1:55) against ex-Tiger Denny McLain. Al Kaline and Norm Cash went yard in the first game. Les Cain started the 2nd game (2:26) with 3 innings from Joe Niekro.

Cash had 2 HRs in the 2nd game (3 for the day), along with Willie Horton and Dalton Jones.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...97105231.shtml

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...97105232.shtml
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:36 PM   #7
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I dont remember it that well (and im not 100% sure it was this day, but im pretty sure it was), but my favorite game was Sept 25, 1999 because it was the third to last game played at Tiger Stadium. Its also the only game at Tiger Stadium I actually remember going to (I went to more, I was just too young to remember well).


There are games at CoPa i remember much better and had a lot of fun at, but nothing will beat that game at Tiger Stadium unless I can go to a playoff game sometime. Im a little jealous of my mom, she worked for Tom Monaghan back in the 80s and had a box seat for an ALCS game and regular tickets for a WS game in '84.
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I saw the Tigers clinch the Eastern Division Championship in '87.

I graduated from Michigan the spring before the '84 World Series. I had sung in the Glee Club at Michigan, and that fall, I recieved a call from the club president.

The club had been selected to sing the national anthem in game 5 at Tiger Stadium against the Padres (the series winner as it turned out, as I'm sure everybody remembers) and some of the new members of the club had yet to recieve their club wind breakers, which was to be the garb for the performance; and the club president was chasing down former members to borrow their windbreakers for the new guys.

So while I did not attend the greatest game at Tiger Stadium in all of our lifetimes, my Michigan Mens' Glee Club windbreaker proudly did.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:21 PM   #9
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Mid-late 60's(?), a local guy converted his truck/trailer into something that was suppose to look like a train. Took a group of us kids to Tiger Stadium(first time there). Been a long time but I do remember the Tigers beat the hell out of someone, even Don Wert hit a home-run(at least one).

Only game my Dad took us to was early-mid 70's, think it was Frank Howard who hit a walk-off HR.

Best game ever attended, 1986 ALCS game 5, Angels/Red Sox....a true classic!
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Today is the anniversary of the best game I went to see the Tigers play with my dad, May 18, 1959. Unfortunately it was at fenway park. Best game at Briggs Stadium was end of July 1954, it was my first Tigers game ever as a real young kid with dad also to see the/his redsox. I was going on all of 7 that game, so I wasn't as mindful of the ballgame and atbats, as I was, by looking in amazement at the 'Greenest grass' I ever saw, the huge crowd of people, and the skinny kid in rightfield with his rocket throwing arm who to this day remains my hero and favorite player.
But this game at fenway, I was aware of everything baseball by then, and everything Tigers. It was on a Monday, and I was able to skip school. I was looking for revenge at this game because my Tigers lost the day before,on Sunday, 10 - 1. I was bullshit that "My Tigers" lost like that, I already had a dislike for the redsox. So there we were close to the field again first base side, but between first base and home plate. The Tigers had my favorite pitcher going that afternoon Jim Bunning and he didn't disappoint me either.
The Tigers crushed the redsox 14 - 2. Bunning had a career hitting day for a pitcher, with a homerun and a triple, going 4 for 4 with 5 rbi. In fact posting this at HighHeatStats iirc last year, they said going by play index, Bunning was the only pitcher to do that since 1916 or 1920. Kaline had a homerun double and 3 rbi, Charlie Maxwell with a homerun and 3 rbi, and 2nd baseman Frank Bolling also had a homerun.
About 10 years ago on Ebay, I found a postgame picture of the four of them with bats in hands and smiles from that game. It has been a treasured part of my Kaline and Tigers collection to this day. A kid going on 12 had his special Tigers game.
There were a couple other great games I went to; The game, early 1990's I met 'Ernie', Lou, and Trammell getting off the Tigers bus to play, the game in the early 1980's when Uncle Charlie and I talked with Sparky before the game started, and the time with alot of friends from the post office in the mid 1980's and my standing near the Tigers dugout as Jack Morris walked back to the 3rd base side dugout after throwing his pregame warmup pitches with his head bowed down, I yelled to him, "Jack Morris, I don't expect anything less than a shutout tonight"!!, and with that Morris looked up while he kept walking looked right at me wearing my Tigers cap with this barely noticeable smile put his head down and kept walking towards and into the dugout. By the way, the Tigers won that game on a Jack Morris 3 - 0 shutout.

Here's the boxscore from the May 18, 1959 game.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...95905180.shtml

Boxscore from Morris' shutout.
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1...110DET1986.htm

I posted this years ago back on the old Espn Tigers message board, and hope that this time as well, as many of you will add your 'favorite' Tigers game, or games you went and saw at Briggs/Tiger Stadium or Comerica Park.
bring back Bunning to DH.
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