This Week in Tiger Stadium History, August 17-23

After clearing the roof at Tiger Stadium a few times, Jason Thompson earned the nickname "Rooftop."

August 17, 1980 at Tiger Stadium: In ceremonies between games of a Sunday doubleheader, Al Kaline becomes the first Tiger to have his uniform number officially retired.

August 18, 1907 at Bennett Park: A turnout of 9,635 sees the Tigers and New York Highlanders play the first Sunday game at Michigan and Trumbull.

August 18, 1977 at Tiger Stadium: Tigers first baseman Jason Thompson clears the roof in right with a blast off Oakland’s Jim “Catfish” Hunter.

August 20, 1964 at Tiger Stadium: A game with California draws 2,173, the smallest night crowd in club history.

August 22, 1968 at Tiger Stadium: Detroit second baseman Dick McAuliffe, enraged by a brushback pitch, gets into a brawl with Tommy John and severely injures the Chicago pitcher’s shoulder. McAuliffe is suspended for five games and fined $250.

August 23, 1964 at Tiger Stadium: Minnesota’s Don Mincher homers over the right-field roof against Fred Gladding.

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Richard Bak grew up on Detroit's west side. He is the author of many articles and books, including biographies of local sports legends Joe Louis and Ty Cobb and histories of Tiger Stadium and Detroit's Negro leagues.