78-75, 3rd Place; 14 GB
Tigers 10 – Twins 1
Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 2009 — Justin Verlander strikes out 11 in seven innings as Detroit hosts Cleveland, 6-5. It is the Indians’ 11th straight loss, one short of the franchise record set in 1931.
- 1974 — At Memorial Stadium, Tiger outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3,000th hit in his hometwon. The milestone hit is a double off Dave McNally in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles.
- 1950 — Mental lapses crush the Tigers’ hopes. Due to heavy smoke from a Canadian forest fire, Detroit puts on the lights in a Sunday afternoon contest with the Indians. Cleveland’s only score in nine innings is pitcher Bob Lemon’s
home run in the fourth, as the match is tied 1-1 on Johnny Lipon’s home run. Lemon opens the 10th with a triple, and two intentional walks follow. With the bases loaded and one out, catcher Aaron Robinson thinks he has a shot at a double play by just stepping on home. Because of the haze, he does not see first baseman Don Kolloway remove the force after fielding the ball hit by slugger Luke Easter, and the Indians win 2-1.
- 1934 — The idle Tigers win the pennant, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-0 in the season’s finale at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth walks in the first inning, limps to first base, and leaves for a pinch runner in his last home game.
- 1933 — Tommy Bridges reaches the 9th inning with a no-hitter for the third time this season and the fourth time in two years. He yields a pair of hits, as Detroit beats the Browns 7-0. Despite the win, Bucky Harris resigns as manager of the Tigers.
- 1921 — Harry Heilmann is 3-for-4 against Walter Johnson, but Washington wins the game over the Tigers,5-1. Ty Cobb is so incensed by the umpiring of Billy Evans that he challenges him to a fight. The two future Hall of Famers go at it with Cobb getting the best of Evans. George Hildebrand, the second ump assigned to the game, reports the incident to American League president Ban Johnson. When Johnson fails to act, Commissioner Landis steps in and suspends Cobb, but allows him to continue as a non-playing manager.