Detroit Tigers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1900-03-16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1908-10-05 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh beats Detroit Tigers, 6-1, his 40th victory of the MLB season; forces AL pennant race to the final day
  • 1910-04-21 Cleve Naps play 1st game at League Park, lose to Det Tigers 5-0

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1911-07-02 Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game in 14-6 rout of Cleveland. Streak ends next game

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1912-08-30 St Louis Brown Earl Hamilton no-hits Detroit Tigers, 5-1
  • 1915-10-05 Detroit Tigers speedster Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season in 5-0 loss to Cleveland Indians; stands as MLB record until 1962 (Maury Wills, 104)
  • 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
  • 1926-11-03 Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager
  • 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
  • 1938-10-02 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller strikes out record 18 Detroit Tigers; his Cleveland Indians still lose 4-1 at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1940-01-14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • 1940-08-05 St Louis Brown's pitcher John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings (rain shortened)

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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
  • 1940-10-03 Cincinnati Reds' win Game 2 of the Baseball World Series, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers at Crosley Field; snap 10-game losing streak for NL going back to Game 6 in 1937; Reds win series, 4-3
  • 1940-10-08 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • 1941-08-06 Detroit Tigers pitcher Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices in an inning, a MLB record; wins 11-2 vs Cleveland Indians
  • 1945-07-21 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • 1945-10-03 Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs meet in Baseball World Series for the 4th time; Hank Borowy pitches a 6-hit shutout as Cubs win Game 1, 9-0 at Briggs Stadium; Detroit wins series , 4-3
  • 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 Cleveland Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • 1950-07-02 Cleveland Indians' pitcher Bob Feller wins his 200th MLB game, 5-3 v Detroit Tigers
  • 1951-07-01 Cleveland Indians veteran hurler Bob Feller pitches his 3rd career no-hitter beating Detroit Tigers, 2-1
  • 1952-08-06 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings
  • 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
  • 1958-07-20 Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • 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
  • 1972-08-05 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay
  • 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
  • 1973-08-04 NY Yankees pitcher Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
  • 1973-09-02 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)

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1976-10-03 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron singles in his last MLB at-bat & drives in his 2,297th run as Milwaukee Brewers lose, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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1979-07-12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers
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  • 1983-10-10 Tom Monaghan becomes CEO of Detroit Tigers
  • 1984-04-27 Cleveland 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
  • 1984-10-14 Detroit Tigers beat San Diego Padres, 4 games to 1 in 81st World Series
  • 1986-10-03 Baltimore loses 6-3 to Detroit Tigers, assuring Orioles of club's first ever last-place finish in AL East standings
  • 1987-05-05 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
  • 1987-08-03 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals
  • 1987-10-12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series
  • 1991-10-06 Orioles' last game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (vs Det Tigers)
  • 1995-10-01 Mike Mussina tosses Baltimore Oriole's 5th consecutive MLB shutout in season ending, 4-0 victory over Detroit 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 St. Louis beats Detroit Tigers, 4-2 in Game 5 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 10th Baseball World Series; Cards infielder David Eckstein MVP
  • 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 San Francisco beats Detroit, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 4 at Comerica Park; sweep Tigers, 4-0 for Giants' 2nd Baseball World Series in 3 years; SF 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval MVP
  • 2013-10-19 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869-04-02 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • 1880-07-04 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)

Person of interestTy Cobb

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)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1912-01-11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1929-07-04 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Cramer, Illinois (d. 1998)

Person of interestSparky Anderson

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, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in Eldorado, Texas
  • 1934-12-19 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1939-05-02 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1942-10-18 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1954-08-14 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 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, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1959-02-20 Bill Gullickson, American 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
  • 1965-03-03 A J Sager, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965-07-15 Scott Livingstone, infielder (San Diego Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1966-10-04 Mike Walker, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1966-10-11 Gregg Olson, American baseball pitcher (Balt Orioles, Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1967-02-20 Kurt Knudsen, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967-02-25 Rich Rowland, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967-07-06 Omar Olivares, Mayaguez Puerto Rico, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967-10-29 Greg Gohr, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968-01-21 Tom Urbani, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1968-11-06 Chad Curtis, American outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1968-12-17 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-02-15 Brian Williams, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • 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 Mike Myers, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969-08-21 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic (d. 2000)
  • 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, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Teresa, Venezuela
  • 1971-06-28 Greg Keagle, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Corning, New York
  • 1971-12-28 Melvin Nieves, Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 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
  • 1980-06-26 Chris Shelton, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Deaths in Sport

  • 1928-02-01 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), dies at of meningitis at 58
  • 1944-01-07 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), dies at 63
  • 1952-01-17 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • 1961-01-08 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50

Person of interestTy Cobb

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
  • 1968-04-19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1986-09-04 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer 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, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75
  • 1998-07-27 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 69
  • 2000-10-28 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 2013-09-27 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), dies at 74