72-74, 3rd place; 15.5 GB
Rangers 11 – Tigers 7
Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 2000 — Billy McMillon, in the first inning off Boston’s Rolando Arrojo, became the first Tigers player to hit a home run over the centerfield wall at Comerica Park.
- 1998 — Rookie Sean Runyan makes his 84th appearance of the season in the Tigers’ 2-1 loss to Toronto. He breaks Mike Myers’ rookie record of 83 set in 1996.
- 1985 — Nelson Simmons hits a home run from each side of the plate, the first Tiger to do so. But the Orioles answer with six homers of their own in overpowering the Tigers, 14-7. Cal Ripken hits his second homer of the game in the eighth, and Eddie Murray and Fred Lynn follow with successive homers. The three straight tie an Orioles record.
- 1972 — Joe Coleman wins his 17th game and Dick McAuliffe clouts two home runs and drives in four to lead the Tigers to a 6-2 win in Milwaukee. This is Detroit’s fifth win in a row and keeps them a percentage point behind the Red Sox.
- 1967 — Norm Cash drives in five runs and John Hiller goes the distance, enabling the Tigers to take the American League lead with a 9-1 win over the Yankees.
- 1961 — At Tiger Stadium, Roger Maris connects for number 57, off Frank Lary, to stay a game ahead of Babe Ruth‘s 1927 home run pace. But Lary wins his 21st, 10-4, over Ralph Terry, with help from Norm Cash, who belts a homer, his 37th, and a triple. Al Kaline adds four hits and a sac fly.
- 1915 — In the first of an important four-game series at Fenway Park, the Tigers (90-48) and Red Sox (90-44) square off. Detroit knocks out starter Rube Foster, then rookie reliever Carl Mays keeps throwing at Ty Cobb until he hits the Tigers star on the wrist. Cobb slings his bat at Mays in retaliation, and the crowd reacts by throwing bottles at Cobb. The next inning, Cobb catches a fly ball for the final out and then needs a police escort to leave the field. The Tigers win, 6-1.