Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

Alan Trammell

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pp. ix-x

I am proud to be a Tiger. Being part of the history means a lot to me. It’s overwhelming to know that my 20-year tenure of playing for Detroit is close to ...

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Preface to the Fifth Edition

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pp. xi-xii

I was thrilled when Kathryn Wildfong, editor in chief, called to tell me that Wayne State University Press wanted me to prepare the manuscript and photographs for a fifth edition of the history of the ...

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1. Early Beginnings, 1881–1900

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pp. 1-10

The grand tradition of baseball was in its infancy in 1881 when the major league game was first played in Detroit. The rudiments of the game were the same— nine players on a team, nine innings in a game, and ...

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2. Detroit Unleashes a Tiger, 1901–1910

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pp. 11-26

After Detroit left the National League, 13 years passed before major league baseball returned to Detroit. In the interim, the city’s professional teams played briefly in the old International Association ...

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3. Cobb Dominates Baseball, 1911–1920

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pp. 27-42

During one of the many rifts between Frank Navin and Ty Cobb, Navin said, “Cobb is not bigger than baseball.” However, he was bigger than anyone else in baseball, dominating the game and Navin’s ...

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4. A Legacy of Great Hitters Continues, 1921–1930

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pp. 43-60

One of Hughie Jennings’s greatest feats was his ability to coexist with Ty Cobb, allowing Cobb to function independently while holding the rest of the team together. He made obvious exceptions for the star and tolerated his extreme behavior. Both ...

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5. Cochrane and an Era of Champions, 1931–1940

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pp. 61-84

The Detroit Tigers continued to tread the waters of mediocrity for the next three seasons, providing little evidence that they were more than a losing proposition. Detroit’s 1931 season proved to be...

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6. The War Years, 1941–1950

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pp. 85-106

World War II had a major influence on American life, and the entertainment business of professional baseball was not exempt. The war years stripped teams of numerous ...

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7. Too Many Big Yankees in the American League, 1951–1960

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pp. 107-128

Red Rolfe’s 1950 Tigers had put a scare into the Yankees and were tied for the lead all the way into the final 10 days of the season. That near miss, a “milliondollar outfield,” an All-Star third baseman, what were believed to be quality starting pitchers, and ...

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8. Rebuilding a World Champion, 1961–1970

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pp. 129-142

The Detroit Tigers had suffered through a decade of not being a competitive team; they had six losing seasons out of 10 and only one inauspicious first-division finish. And they were not on an apparent course of ...

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9. Exiting Veterans and Custodians of the Cellar, 1971–1980

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pp. 143-156

In the early 1970s, someone on high decided that to win, the Tigers needed a new field boss, not just a different manager but different leadership and a more aggressive personality. Periodically throughout Tiger history, similar assessments had ...

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10. The Farm System Produces Another Winner, 1981–1990

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pp. 157-178

The face of baseball was changing dramatically, becoming less of a game and more of a business. Huge television contracts, rapidly escalating salaries, free agency, and...

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11. A Franchise in Transition, 1991–1999

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pp. 179-216

The first half of the 1990s brought more of the same at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. The decision to rebuild a ball club takes courage and patience, ....

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12. A New Beginning, 2000–2010

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pp. 217-268

Going into the new century, the Tigers had a set outfield of Higginson, Encarnacion, and Hunter, but by early May they had given up on their centerfielder, trading Hunter to Houston. That led to the recall of Gabe Kapler, the previous year’s ....

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13. An Era of High Expectations, 2011–2014

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pp. 269-298

With rare exception most teams hoping to contend in the next season feel an urgency to reload. Manager Leyland was playing several promising rookies in late August ...

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Comerica Park Walls of Fame

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pp. 299-300

The Detroit Tigers honor and recognize Tiger greats on walls and the area beyond the outfield fences with statues, retired numbers, and names. Al Kaline, Charlie...

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A Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame

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pp. 301-336

The fascination with baseball is felt and experienced in so many ways, yet perhaps none is more compelling than reflecting on the feats of past heroes. Their accomplishments are embellished by time and affection as our ...

Index

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pp. 337-343