How the Tigers Fare Historically on October 6

TigersMug.jpg On Oct. 6, 2006, Kenny Rogers began etching himself into the Tigers’ postseason lore with 7.2 innings of five-hit mastery of the Yankees at Comerica Park. (As if you’ve forgotten.)

He walked just two and struck out eight as the Tigers beat the Yankees 5-0 — and Rogers slew a personal postseason dragon — to take a two-games-to-one lead in the American League Division Series.

A look through the Tigers history book reveals that they’ve been quite busy on October 6 — when they make the postseason, that is. So, I thought we’d take a look and see if there’s some historical star alignment happening ahead of Game 163. Here’s a deeper look at how the Tigers have performed (or not) in the franchise’s postseason appearances from 1907 through 1987:

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Two Tigers World Series Moments

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=thedailyfungo-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1934186163&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&lc1=0000FF&bc1=FFFFFF&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrBaseball-Reference.com reports that on this date in:

1945 – The Detroit Tigers score five runs in the first inning of Game Seven of the World Series, and rout the Cubs 9-3 behind Hal Newhouser, who strikes out 10 to win the World Championship.

1968Mickey Lolich won the World Series for the Detroit Tigers by defeating Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in Game Seven. It was Lolich’s third win and came after the Tigers had lost three of the first four games.

For more on the ’68 team, pickup a copy of the terrific book Sock It to ‘Em, Tigers.

(And in case you missed it, listen to my interview with the book’s editor Mark Pattison on the Detroit Tigers Podcast.)