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Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 1997 — The Tigers blast the Red Sox 15-4 at Tiger Stadium. Trailing by 12 runs, the Red Sox try outfielder Darren Bragg at third base, and put infielder Mike Benjamin on the mound for the ninth. Benjamin retires all three batters he faces, the only one of five Sox pitchers to do so.
- 1988 — With two outs in the ninth inning, Alan Trammell blasts a grand slam to give the Tigers a 7-6 win over the Yankees.
- 1970 — Cleveland wins the first game against the Tigers, 2-1, but Detroit’s Cesar Gutierrez then goes 7-for-7 with six singles and a double to tie a record set in 1892, in a 12-inning 9-8 nitecap win. Mickey Stanley’s home run wins it
for the Tigers. Gutierrez, wearing #7, starts the game hitting .218, and was 0-for-18 before today. Gutierrez will collect just seven hits in all of 1971, and 128 hits for his career.
- 1969 — Willie Horton powers two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in six runs to lead the Tigers to a 9-5 win over the visiting Senators. Mickey Lolich (8-1) is the winner, allowing just four hits.
- 1958 — The Tigers’ Frank Lary pitches his third straight shutout, beating the Yankees’ Duke Maas, 1-0. Al Kaline
throws out Maas at the plate and hits his seventh home run to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Lary was known as the Yankee Killer thanks to his 28-13 career record against New York in 56 appearances.
- 1914 — Senators legend Walter Johnson connects for a fifth-inning grand slam off the Tigers’ George Boehler; Washington wins, 7-3. The Big Train hit two-dozen homers in his career — but only one grand slam.