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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-04-16, 18:57

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Tigers announce 50th anniversary weekend details

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers unveiled Monday details of their 1968 World Champions 50th Anniversary weekend.

The team also announced that Comerica Bank would sponsor the season-long recognition of the 1968 team, which beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.

The celebratory weekend will run from Sept. 7-9, when the Tigers host the Cardinals.

The full season-long promotional schedule is here.
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Post by aualum06 on 2018-04-16, 19:31

Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19
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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-04-16, 19:38

aualum06 wrote:Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19

It was 2nd season as a dedicated fan. I was so lucky as a kid.

First the heartbreak of '67, then '68 and they remained competitive for a few years. So by the time things
went to hell I was spoiled.

My first game at Tiger Stadium was 6/23 - a doubleheader vs the Tribe with Sudden Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant on the mound.

I can still remember walking out and seeing that green field the first time and getting goose bumps that only a 7 year old could.

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Post by MiamiSpartan on 2018-04-16, 19:41

aualum06 wrote:Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19
Would love one of those for 84
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Post by aualum06 on 2018-04-16, 19:53

MiamiSpartan wrote:
aualum06 wrote:Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19
Would love one of those for 84

@tigers84replay
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Post by tGreenWay on 2018-04-16, 19:54

LooseGoose wrote:
aualum06 wrote:Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19

It was 2nd season as a dedicated fan. I was so lucky as a kid.

First the heartbreak of '67, then '68 and they remained competitive for a few years. So by the time things
went to hell I was spoiled.

My first game at Tiger Stadium was 6/23 - a doubleheader vs the Tribe with Sudden Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant on the mound.

I can still remember walking out and seeing that green field the first time and getting goose bumps that only a 7 year old could.


Mom was a Tigers fan, Dad a lifelong Cardinals fan. I was just a little too young to remember anything about that Series, but I still have vague recollections of the two of them trash-talking each other.
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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-04-16, 19:55

MiamiSpartan wrote:
aualum06 wrote:Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19
Would love one of those for 84

84 was great times, I was 24, single, living at 23 mile & 94.  Working at a fun job with plenty of free time so I ended up going to close to 40 games in addition to being in the neighborhood for most of the others since I was dating a waitress that worked at the Home Plate bar kitty corner to the old stadium.  

But even with all that my fondest memory of that season was being at my best friend's farm, out in the silo room about 7am smoking a fattie and George Kell comes on the radio with Eli Zaret.  I don't know the day exactly but they were already sporting a crazy good record and Eli asks George for his thoughts - and with that great Arkansas drawl Kell replies "It's magical Eli, just magical".  

My friend and I to this day throw that phrase at each other with things are going well.   Good times.   A great baseball season is unforgettable.
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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-04-16, 20:00

George and Al on opening 1984.....Kaline looks like a kid compared to today.



Skip to about 1:12 for the discussion.
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Post by tGreenWay on 2018-04-16, 20:01

Oh, and as to walking into Tiger Stadium, I got the same chills every single time, even as an adult. The field was perfectly lined and just so... green. It was beyond lifelike.
I had a much smaller but similar thrill the first time I walked into the Silverdome. The fluorescent goalposts were damn near hypnotizing.
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Post by Watch Out Pylon! on 2018-04-16, 21:38

My first Tigers game was a double header against the Twins in 84. I still have the pennant my grandpa bought for me somewhere. Good times.
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Post by MiamiSpartan on 2018-04-16, 21:39

aualum06 wrote:
MiamiSpartan wrote:
Would love one of those for 84

@tigers84replay
Sweet, will check it out
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Post by DWags on 2018-04-16, 21:42

aualum06 wrote:Good follow on Twitter reliving the 68 season a day at a time

@dettiger50

Also in the 4th, a bases loaded single by Wert (and two errors on the same play) scored 3 runs. Also in the inning: Horton with an RBI double, Northrup with a bases loaded walk followed by a two run single by Oyler. Horton also had an RBI double in the 5th to finish the scoring.

https://twitter.com/DetTiger50/status/986012146055221248?s=19


Nice.
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Post by aualum06 on 2018-04-16, 21:48

My wife's parents live on the Northrup farm. I know cool story bro
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Post by MiamiSpartan on 2018-04-16, 21:53

LooseGoose wrote:
MiamiSpartan wrote:
Would love one of those for 84

84 was great times, I was 24, single, living at 23 mile & 94.  Working at a fun job with plenty of free time so I ended up going to close to 40 games in addition to being in the neighborhood for most of the others since I was dating a waitress that worked at the Home Plate bar kitty corner to the old stadium.  

But even with all that my fondest memory of that season was being at my best friend's farm, out in the silo room about 7am smoking a fattie and George Kell comes on the radio with Eli Zaret.  I don't know the day exactly but they were already sporting a crazy good record and Eli asks George for his thoughts - and with that great Arkansas drawl Kell replies "It's magical Eli, just magical".  

My friend and I to this day throw that phrase at each other with things are going well.   Good times.   A great baseball season is unforgettable.
George and Eli on the radio? Were they guests on something, or were you so deep into the fatties that you couldn't tell the difference between TV and radio? *Edit: Just read back where you said 7am, so they must have been on some radio show...I lived in Flint, so the only Detroit radio station I knew was WJR, and that was usually boring Dad radio.

I was in 11 in the summer of 84. It's a truly special thing to experience something like that as a kid. I felt that I was at the perfect age to have a good understanding of sports, but still young enough to still be very idealistic and worship them as heroes.

All the kids were beyond obsessed with the Tigers.
My brother and I would play whiffle ball where we had to pick a Tigers lineup, batting order, and had to do the batting stances of each, left and right handed. I can still imitate every batting stance, at least 11 or 12 deep on the roster.
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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-04-16, 22:16

MiamiSpartan wrote:*Edit: Just read back where you said 7am, so they must have been on some radio show...I lived in Flint, so the only Detroit radio station I knew was WJR, and that was usually boring Dad radio.

Eli used to do the sports on WRIF in AM with JJ and Dick the Bruiser. He used to have Kell on a lot of mornings to talk Tigers. We were loyal 'RIF fans in that era.
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Post by MiamiSpartan on 2018-04-17, 13:12

aualum06 wrote:
MiamiSpartan wrote:
Would love one of those for 84

@tigers84replay
Started following this yesterday, and read back to the "start" of the season. Love it so far. Already learned something. I didn't remember that Barbaro Garbey was Cuban (Cuba wouldn't have meant much to 11 year old me), and certainly not that he had come over in the 1980 Mariel Boat Lift, and was the first refugee from the Cuban National Team to play in the MLB. Living in Miami now, and knowing people that came over in the Mariel Boat Lift, is a different kind of connection to the 84 team that I never knew about.
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