January 2012

Prince Fielder apparel has just arrived!

Looking for the hottest item in town? The exclusive debut of the officially licensed Prince Fielder jerseys and T-shirts is finally here! Come be among the first to get your very own piece of history at The D Shop in Comerica Park.

Prince Fielder jerseys and T-shirts are available ion both youth and adult sizes. The D Shop hours have been extended till 6:00 p.m. through Friday. Additionally, only this week, fans who spend $200 on merchandise at The D Shop will receive a free Detroit Tigers autograph baseball, while supplies last.

 

THAW

PAWS and the DTE Energy Squad made a stop at The Heat and Warmth Fund, THAW. The event was held at the Henry Ford Museum and was hosted by WWJ News Radio 950.

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Prince Fielder Press Conference

Take a look at some behind the scenes photos from the Prince Fielder press conference.

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Authentic Thursday

Willie Horton career helmet

Horton wore this helmet for his first MLB game as a Tiger on April 10, 1963 and for his entire fifteen-year career with the Tigers.  It was a “Tigers’ blue” and carried the revered Old English D on the front.   In early 1977, Horton was traded to the Texas Rangers and the helmet was re-painted a “Rangers’ blue” and the Old English D emblem was changed to a T.  The color of the helmet changed five more times as Horton moved from team to team and adopted that team’s color.  As the color changed, a new emblem was added to the helmet to reflect the new team’s logo.  Horton‘s last major league game was played October 5, 1980 as a Seattle Mariner.   In 1981, he was dealt to Texas, but after Spring Training he was released, and he signed a minor league contact with the Pittsburg Pirates.  All this time he wore the same helmet.  When the helmet is flipped over, the original “Tigers’ blue” is still visible.

After playing briefly in the Mexican League, in 1983 Horton retired from playing baseball.  Horton served as coaches for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers.  In 2001, Horton accepted a front office position with the Tigers and is currently special assistant to the president.

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Playing under the lights

Fantasy Campers down in Lakeland, Florida had the special treat to play under the lights at Henley Field tonight. Baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and  Hall of Famer Al Kaline have played at Hanley Field.  “The game under the lights is an annual tradition for the campers and one of their favorite experiences” said Camp Director Jerry Lewis. 

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Fantasy Camp Day 1

The first day of the Detroit Tigers fantasy camp is officially over. Take a look at a few photos from the campers experience.

 

After everyone arrived in Lakeland and checked into their hotel, all the campers attended orientation and received their team assignments.

Business was all taken care of and the group headed over to Tiger Town.

Every camper received their own personalized  home and away jersey to wear during the week.

The morning started with a bit of running and stretching.

The campers then broke into their teams and received instructions from their coaches.

Play Ball! The campers played their first offical game as members of the Detroit Tigers!

 

Authentic Thursday

World Series Programs – 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984

The Tigers have won four division titles and 10 American League pennants, but it is the World Series Championship title that has always been their ultimate goal.  We reached that goal four times by winning the World Series in 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.

1935

For the fifth time the Tigers earned a spot in the World Series, and we  were facing the Chicago Cubs for the third time.  The Cubs had twice before crushed their hopes.  In game one, the Cubs shut out the Tigers 3-0 at home and they feared another disappointment at the hands of the Cubs.  But the Tigers tied the series in Game 2 with an 8-3 win.  The Tigers won Games 3 and 4, but the Cubs came back in Game 5 to stay alive.  The Tigers won Game 6 with a score of 4-3 to become the World Champions for the first time.

1945

Once again the Tigers faced their rival the Chicago Cubs.  The World Series used the 3-4 wartime set-up for the home field sites.  Game 1 was a disaster with the Cubs clubbing the Tigers 9-0 at Briggs Stadium.  The Tigers came back in Game 2 with Virgil Trucks on the mound, who had only recently returned from serving in the U.S Navy and gave up only seven hits.  Chicago shut out Detroit again in Game 3 with a score of 3-0.  It would appear the Cubs now had the advantage by returning to Wrigley Field for the final games in the series.  Detroit took Game 4 and Game 5, but Chicago sneaked out a victory in Game after 12 innings of play with a score of 8-7.  Tiger pitcher Hal Newhouser went the distance in the deciding game, while the Cubs needed to go to the bullpen five times when starter Hank Borowy was removed in the first inning.  The Tigers won their second World Series title by beating the Cubs 9-3 in the final game of the seven-game series.

1968

During the regular season, the Tigers set a new club record with 103 wins, and pitcher Denny McLain won 31 games, becoming baseball’s first 30-game winner since Dizzy Dean in 1934.  It was “The Year of the Tiger “and “The Year of the Pitcher,” and the media-inspired slogan “Sock it to ‘em, Tigers” became their rally call.  Their opponent in the World Series was the defending world champions St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals took Game 1, but the Tigers evened the series by winning Game 2 with a score of 8-1.  St. Louis stormed back in Games 3 and 4.  The turning point came in Game 5 with the Tigers losing 3-2 and down three games to one in the series.  In the fifth inning, Lou Brock tried to score standing up on a single to left but was tagged out by catcher Bill Freehan at the plate.  The play gave Detroit new life and they went on to win the final three games of the series and became only the third team in World Series history to rally back from a 3-1 deficit.  The Tigers were one again World Series Champions.

 

1984

From the start of the 1984 season, the Tigers were World Series bound.  They won 35 of their first 40 games and never looked back.  They easily won the East Division by fifteen games over the Toronto Blue Jays and beat the Kansas City Royals three games to one in the American League Championship Series.  The 1984 World Series was a rematch between Tigers’ manager Sparky Anderson and Padres’ manager Dick Williams.  The two had previously faced off when Sparky managed the Cincinnati Reds and Williams led the Oakland Athletics to victory in 1972.  Game 1 was held at Jack Murphy Stadium and marked the first World Series game played at that ballpark.  With Jack Morris on the mound, the Tigers won Game 1 by a score of 3-2.  The Padres won Game 2, but that would be their only win of the series.  The Tigers won the final three games and for the fourth time were World Champions.  Sparky Anderson became the first skipper to win World Series titles in both Leagues.  Game 5 of the series was the last World Series game played at Tiger Stadium.

Authentic Thursday

Hank Greenberg, or Hammerin’ Hank, was one of the premier power hitters of his generation.  He still holds the American League record for most RBIs in a season by a right-handed batter – 183 RBIs in 1937.  From 1933-1937, Greenberg was part of the powerful infield known as the “Battalion of Death.”  In 1934, with Greenberg at first, Charlie Gehringer at second, Marv Owen at third and Billy Rogell at shortstop, the quartet drove in 462 runs – a record that no other four men have surpassed since.

Greenberg was the first Jewish superstar in any American professional sport.  He attracted national attention in 1934 when he refused to play baseball on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, even though the Tigers were in a tense pennant race. There is a number of other “firsts” associated with Greenberg.  In 1930, he was the youngest player in the majors when he played in his first MLB game as a Tiger on September 14, 1930, but that was his only major league appearance until 1933.  He was one of the few opposing players to publicly welcome Jackie Robinson.

Greenberg thought about retirement when the Tigers put him on waivers after the 1946 season.  However, the $100,000 contract offered by the Pittsburg Pirates was too much to refuse.  He accepted and became the first player to reach that plateau.  At the end of the 1947 season, Greenberg did retire after playing in 1394 games with a lifetime batting average of .313.  But he was not through with baseball.  He eventually became general manager for the Cleveland Indians and later vice president and part owner of the Chicago White Sox.  After he finally retired completely from baseball in 1963, he became an investor in Wall Street and made millions in the stock market.

Hank Greenberg was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956 – the first Jewish player so honored, and his number 5 was retired by the Tigers on June 2, 1983.  There is a bronze statue of Greenberg at Comerica Park commemorating his many accomplishments.

Hank Greenberg bat

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