The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Series: Painted Turtle
Foreword by Dan Dickerson
The room above the garage in our house is affectionately called the “baseball room.” It’s a place where old copies of the Baseball Register sit on a shelf next to Bill James Baseball Abstracts, biographies, and baseball...
My inspiration for this new, focused history of the Detroit Tigers originated with a phone call I received from my friend George Michael in December 2008. Michael, a name familiar to many people interested in sports, had recently resigned as the anchor of the George...
1. Spring Training When Dreams Are Entertained
Hope is a good thing. Fortunately all major league teams—their owners, management, and players—all approach spring training and a new season certain that they will play better and win more games. If the team was a contender in the last campaign, the cry...
2. Franchise Stars
The issue of who should be considered star players is sure to evoke debate and disagreement. Here the distinction is reserved for those who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In both this chapter and the following one, “The Supporting Cast,” the order...
3. The Supporting Cast
Every competitive team has a core of key players who are determining factors in a ball club’s ultimate success; I have chosen to label them the franchise stars of this era. Just below on the ladder of importance is another rung of quality performers, not Hall...
4. Moments of Glory and Notable Games
In the last two decades of these glory years, Detroit won four American League pennants and two world championships within a dozen years— no other timeframe in franchise history has ever produced...
5. The War Years
Although the United States would not enter World War II until December 1941, civilians were being drafted as the war escalated. The media radar illuminated the treatment of high-profile Americans, especially men who played professional sports. In Detroit the...
6. The Old Ballpark Where Legends and Memories Were Made
Are there entertainment venues more cherished than major league baseball stadiums? People flock to concerts primarily because of the performers. For rock music enthusiasts, outdoor venues are often more appealing than a great concert hall. Because...
Those of us who love the game of baseball have an intimate lifetime relationship with our favorite team that holds a considerable amount of our attention. If we are not able to be at the ballpark or experience the broadcast of last night’s game, finding...