This Week in Tiger Stadium History, September 14-20

Batting left-handed, switch-hitter Tony Clark hit a ball over the right field roof at Tiger Stadium in 1996.

September 14, 1968 at Tiger Stadium: The Tigers rally for a pair of ninth-inning runs against Oakland and make Denny McLain the majors’ first 30-game winner since Dizzy Dean in 1934.

September 14, 1993 at Tiger Stadium: The Tigers fall to Toronto, 14-8, in 4 hours, 12 minutes, a club-record time for a nine-inning game.

September 15, 1996 at Tiger Stadium: Detroit rookie first baseman Tony Clark homers over the roof in right against Baltimore’s Rocky Coppinger.

September 16, 1897 at Bennett Park: A game with Grand Rapids draws 150 fans, the smallest crowd ever to watch the Tigers at Michigan and Trumbull.

September 17, 1910 at Bennett Park: Ed Summers becomes the first pitcher in modern baseball history to hit two home runs in a game, victimizing Philadelphia with a a pair of two-run shots.

September 17, 1920 at Navin Field: Bobby Veach goes 6-for-6 and is the first American League Tiger to hit for the cycle in a 12-inning win against Boston.

September 17, 1958 at Briggs Stadium: Mickey Mantle of the Yankees hits a ball over the right-field grandstand against Jim Bunning, his second of three career roof shots at Briggs Stadium.

September 18, 1996 at Tiger Stadium: Boston’s Roger Clemens matches his big-league record by striking out 20 Tigers.

September 19, 1996 at Tiger Stadium: Tony Clark’s strikeout in the first inning against Boston’s Tom Gordon is Detroit’s 1,186th of the season, breaking the league record set by the 1991 Tigers.

September 20, 1939 at Briggs Stadium: Joe Louis knocks out Bob Pastor in the 11th round of their heavyweight title fight. Attendance is 33,000.



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.