Detroit Tigers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1901-04-25 In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)
  • 1901-05-01 Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox
  • 1902-09-20 Chicago White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • 1903-05-06 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • 1905-09-06 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
  • 1910-04-21 Cleve Naps play 1st game at League Park, lose to Det Tigers 5-0
  • 1912-08-30 St Louis Brown Earl Hamilton no-hits Detroit Tigers, 5-1
  • 1918-03-02 NY Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers & immediately trades him to Philadelphia A's
  • 1922-04-30 Chicago White Sox Charles Robertson perfect games Detroit Tigers, 2-0

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1926-11-03 Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1929-05-24 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings

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1933-12-03 Connie Mack sells Mickey Cochrane to Det Tigers for $100,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1934-10-09 St Louis Cards beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3 in 31st World Series
  • 1935-10-07 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 32nd World Series
  • 1937-08-14 Detroit Tigers score 36 runs in double header vs St Louis Browns
  • 1940-01-14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • 1940-08-05 St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings

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1940-08-24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1940-10-08 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • 1945-07-21 Detroit Tigers & Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • 1945-10-10 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3 in 42nd World Series

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1947-01-18 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1948-06-15 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
  • 1948-06-30 Cleve Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • 1951-07-01 Cleve Indian Bob Feller, 3rd no-hitter beats Det Tigers, 2-1
  • 1955-04-12 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
  • 1956-07-16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million

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1957-01-10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1960-10-11 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers
  • 1967-09-10 Chicago White Sox Joel Horlen no-hits Det Tigers, 6-0
  • 1968-09-14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season
  • 1968-10-10 Detroit Tigers beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 65th World Series
  • 1970-10-02 Billy Martin named manager of Det Tigers
  • 1972-10-12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • 1973-04-27 KC Royal Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0

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1973-07-15 California Angel Nolan Ryan 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1983-10-10 Tom Monaghan becomes CEO of Detroit Tigers
  • 1984-04-27 Cleve Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • 1984-05-23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
  • 1984-05-24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • 1984-05-25 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • 1984-10-04 Detroit Tigers clinch AL East
  • 1984-10-05 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 0
  • 1984-10-14 Detroit Tigers beat SD Padres, 4 games to 1 in 81st World Series
  • 1987-05-05 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
  • 1987-10-12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers for AL pennant
  • 1987-10-12 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-10-06 Orioles' last game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (vs Det Tigers)
  • 1997-06-09 Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • 1997-07-27 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16
  • 1998-03-31 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
  • 2006-10-14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • 2006-10-27 MLB World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat Detroit Tigers to win 4-1
  • 2011-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • 2012-10-18 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 0
  • 2012-10-28 MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers to win 4-0
  • 2013-10-19 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880-07-04 George Mullin, pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912)

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1886-12-18 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1903-05-11 Charlie Gehringer, Detroit Tigers' 2nd baseman (1924-42)
  • 1907-10-22 Jimmy Foxx, baseball HR hitter (534, Detroit Tigers)

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1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1912-01-11 Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, Waco Texas, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)

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1934-02-22 Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1934-11-10 Norm Cash, Eldorado Texas, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1934-12-19 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942-10-18 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1944-03-24 Denny McLain, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, 31 wins in 1968)
  • 1955-05-16 Jack Morris, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1957-05-12 Lou Whitaker, American MLB 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 1978 AL Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958-02-21 Alan Trammell, Garden Grove CA, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1959-02-20 Bill Gullickson, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1961-09-16 Mark Parent, Ashland OR, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1961-10-19 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • 1963-09-21 Cecil Fielder, infielder (Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964-11-01 Eddie Williams, MLB infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1965-03-03 A J Sager, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965-07-15 Scott Livingstone, infielder (SD Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1966-10-04 Mike Walker, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1966-10-11 Gregg Olson, pitcher (Balt Orioles, Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1967-02-20 Kurt Knudsen, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967-02-25 Rich Rowland, US baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967-07-06 Omar Olivares, Mayaguez Puerto Rico, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967-10-29 Greg Gohr, Santa Clara California, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968-01-21 Tom Urbani, Santa Cruz CA, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968-11-06 Chad Curtis, Marion IN, outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968-12-17 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-02-15 Brian Williams, Lancaster SC, pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros)
  • 1969-04-14 Brad Ausmus, catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1969-04-25 Travis Fryman, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1969-06-26 Michael Myers, Cook County IL, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1969-08-21 Andujar Cedeno, La Romana Dom Rep, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1969-11-30 Mark Lewis, American MLB infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1970-08-18 Robert Higginson, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971-04-04 Felipe Lira, Miranda Venezeula, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1971-06-28 Greg Keagle, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Corning, New York
  • 1971-12-28 Melvin Nieves, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1972-06-15 Tony Clark, Newton KS, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1972-07-13 Clint Sodowsky, Ponca City OK, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1972-07-21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Deaths in Sport

  • 1952-01-17 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74

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1961-07-17 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1967-07-21 Jimmy Foxx, baseball hall of famer (Det Tigers/534 HRs), dies at 59
  • 1968-04-19 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61

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1986-09-04 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", American MLB player (Detroit Tigers) dies at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1986-10-11 Norm Cash, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), dies at 51
  • 1993-10-21 Irving Torgoff, US baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75