63-64, 3rd Place; 9.5 GB
Royals 4 – Tigers 3 (12 innings)
Tigers 9 – Royals 1
Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 1986 — At Tiger Stadium, A’s rookie Mark McGwire hits his first major league home run off of Walt Terrell.
- 1979 — Former Tigers outfielder Willie Horton has two homers, including his ninth career grand slam, to pace Seattle to an 8-4 win over Detroit. Champ Summers has a pair of homers for the Tigers.
- 1968 — The Tigers, ahead 5-0, fail to score with two on in the fourth inning when the Yankees bring in Rocky Colavito to pitch. The 35-year-old slugger retires Al Kaline and Willie Horton and tosses 2-2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Colavito’s only other appearance, in 1958, he also faced Kaline, and the victory by a non-pitcher will be the last in the 20th century. Bill Robinson and Bobby Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and, after a walk, Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the eighth, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the American League record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tigers batter he faces, giving him 32 straight batters retired over four appearances. New York sweeps, winning 6-5 and then topping Mickey Lolich, 5-4. The four losses in New York leaves the Tigers just five games ahead of the Orioles.
- 1952 — Virgil Trucks throws his second no-hitter of the year, blanking the Yankees in New York. The Tigers won 1-0. Phil Rizzuto’s third inning at-bat is quickly scored as an error but is changed to a hit only to be reversed again in the sixth inning making the no-hitter a bit controversial. [Box score]
- 1945 — The Tigers’ Joe Hoover will swipe only 19 bases in his career, but the most valuable one comes today. On the front end of a third-inning double steal, Hoover steals home against the Browns for the game’s only run.
- 1930 — Tommy Bridges walks 12 Browns, but the Tigers still win, 7-5.