August 2 in Tigers History: How the Tigers Have Celebrated My Birthday

BaseballCandlesXSmall.jpgI thought it was my birthday gift from the Indians — Carl Pavano starting? That’s gotta be a win waiting to happen, no? No. Not against this mirage of a first-place club.

Some birthday for me. Actually, yesterday was a fine day and I never let the Tigers’ performance impact my birthday mood.

Because there’s absolutely nothing positive to discuss about the Tigers’ finale against the Tribe, humor me as I walk through notable Tigers games and events that happened on Aug. 2 since the year I was born.

  • Overall, the Tigers are 20 and 15 on my birthday; in seven years they didn’t play, including during the 1981 strike.

  • The Tigers beat the Twins 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium on the day I was born in 1968. Don McMahon got the win in relief of Joe Sparma. Bill Freehan drove in three runs while the Twins’ Rod Carew went 3 for 4, of course.

  • On Aug. 2, 1972, the Tigers purchases the contract of P Woodie Fryman from the Phillies. Two days later, they purchased C Duke Sims‘s contract from the Dodgers. Fryman, just 4-10 for Philadelphia, goes 10-3 for Detroit, while Sims hits .316 for the Tigers in 38 games.

  • In 1975, at Fenway Park the game-time temperature was 103 degrees and the Tigers wilted under the heat of Rick Wise and the Red Sox and lost 7-2.

  • In 1984, I was there when Jack Morris out dueled Bert Blyleven as the Tigers beat the Indians 2-1.

  • On Aug. 2, 1985, Frank Tanana allowed one hit, a homer by Ben Oglivie in the 5th, and struck out eight on his way to beating the Brewers, 4-1.

  • In 1990, Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th home run in just 77 at bats, the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. Big deal. The Tigers won 6-5 in 11 innings.

Thanks for taking the trip down memory lane with me. Assuming you’re still there. Hello…?

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

4 thoughts on “August 2 in Tigers History: How the Tigers Have Celebrated My Birthday”

  1. Happy Birthday! (one day late) Glad to hear you don’t let the Tigers’ performance affect your mood on your birthday, or you would have been one Unhappy birthday boy. Maybe they’ll make up for it tonight????

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  2. Happy Birthday Mike. May you have many more with Tigers’ wins. One day last winter, I went through the Tigers games on mine starting in 1947. They were a few games under .500 and had a few days off. Hopefully B-Day number 62 will produce a win and maybe a clinch of the Central on 9/28. All the best to you.

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  3. Happy belated!

    I’ve actually been thinking about doing a blog like this somewhere! My birthday is coming up in about a week. The Tigers and Twins also played on the day I was born. The Tigers lost. I don’t remember if the Tigers won on my birthday last year, but I remember that they lost in 2007 (way to go, Chad Durbin). I haven’t looked up the record yet.

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