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Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 2001 — For the 33rd time in the team’s history, the Tigers turn a triple play as the Mariners’ Mark McLemore lines out to second baseman Damion Easley, who throws to shortstop Deivi Cruz to double up Tom Lampkin. Cruz then relays the ball to first baseman Shane Halter catching Ichiro Suzuki off first to complete Detroit’s first triple play since July 3, 1992, when the victim was also Seattle.
- 1998 — By homering from both sides of the plate for the third time this season, Tigers’ switch-hitter Tony Clark sets an American League record as Detroit defeats the Devil Rays, 8-0.
- 1972 — Trailing by several runs in a game threatened by rain, Billy Martin has his Tigers employ stalling tactics while the opposing Brewers try to speed the game up. The game lasts six innings, with Del Crandall‘s Brewers winning 6-0. Umpire Frank Umont recommends a fine of $1,000 for both managers.
- 1962 — Drawing a combined 32 bases on balls in a doubleheader, the Tigers (20) and A’s (12) tie an American League record. The Tigers sweep, winning the opener, 6-5, with three runs in the ninth, then taking the nightcap, 9-1 behind Howie Koplitz’s (1-0) complete game effort.