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.



About Richard Bak

Richard Bak grew up on Detroit's west side doing poor imitations of Dick McAuliffe's batting stance and Denny McLain's leg kick. He is a contributing writer to Hour Detroit magazine and the author of nearly 30 books, including biographies of Ty Cobb and Joe Louis. Bak's most recent books are The Big Jump, the story of Charles Lindbergh and the great New York-to-Paris air race of the 1920s, and Detroitland, a collection of his history pieces. He currently is finishing two more books of history: Soldier of Misfortune: The Execution of Private Eddie Slovik and Its Aftermath (DaCapo) and When Lions Were Kings: The Detroit Lions and the Fabulous Fifties (Wayne State University Press), both of which will be published in 2015.