Senators 4 – Tigers 0, at Navin Field
Twenty-three men named Heinie have played in the majors, the last in 1944. Two of them appeared in this game: future Hall of Famer (and former Tiger) Heinie Manush for the Senators and Heinie Schuble for the Tigers.
Time of game: 1 hour 35 minutes. I can’t even imagine.
Max Scherzer strikes out 15 in 7 innings to lead the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the
Pirates. The strikeouts are one shy of Mickey Lolich‘s club record of 16 until …
P.S. The 2012 club was 20-21 after the win. The same record the Tigers will have if they beat the Rays tonight.
A great YouTube find: John Wockenfuss’s batting stance and an Enos Cabell sighting — AND George Kell on the call!
Dontrelle Willis wins his first game in 20 months and his first in a Tigers uniform as the Tigers shut out the Rangers, 4-0.
The D-Train allowed only one hit — a double to Michael Young — in six and a third innings, and retired 17 batters in a row at one point and snapped the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.
Here’s the boxscore, filled with gems like Jeff Larish as the DH and an inning from Joel Zumaya.
1901 – At Bennett Park, the Detroit Tigers make an incredible comeback in their American League debut. Trailing 13 – 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Tigers score 10 runs in their last at-bat to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 14 – 13. Frank Dillon drives in the game-winning run with a double, his fourth of the game. Dillon’s four doubles is an opening day record that will be matched by Jim Greengrass in 1954.
No boxscore is available for this game, but here’s something for you: the 14-run game begins a four-game stretch in which the Tigers score 45 runs … and give up 38.
1960 – A record opening day crowd of 53,563 at Briggs Stadium sees the Detroit Tigers chalk up their third straight win, 6 – 5, against the Chicago White Sox. Recently-acquired Rocky Colavito blasts a home run in his first at-bat with Detroit, and Eddie Yost adds a home run in the 5th inning.
Jim Bunning got the Opening Day start, Tom Morgan notched the win.
Here’s the boxscore.
From Baseball Reference:
1984 — The Detroit Tigers suffer their first loss of the season after nine consecutive wins. The Tigers fall to the Kansas City Royals and rookie Bret Saberhagen, who earns his first major league victory.
Final score: Royals 5 – Tigers 2. Interesting that Dan Petry gave up five runs and Sparky still let him pitch eight innings.
Gibby hit a solo shot off Dan Quisenberry in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. With the win, the Royals pushed their record to 6-6. Quisenberry earned saves in five of the wins.
Check out the boxscore.
My two years of living in Houston collided with Jose Lima‘s years with the Astros. Imagine my surprise when I saw Lima Time on TV promoting a local Mexican restaurant.
Thanks yet again to the wonder of YouTube, we can watch them again.
Still hard to believe he passed away so young.
Tooling around YouTube I got sucked into a Sparky Anderson search-fest. Here’s his Hall of Fame induction speech from 2000.
This is right after Sparky came back from his leave of absence. Interesting, he makes no bones about the Tigers not developing young players — not since Kirk Gibson. Of course that’s why Sparky was saddled with such mediocre teams for his last seven years in Detroit.