VIDEO: Home video of pre-game festivities and downtown Detroit prior to Game 3 of ’68 World Series

If you’re like me, you were just too young to have seen the 1968 World Series. I was less than a year old when the Detroit Tigers battled the St. Louis Cardinals in a thrilling seven-game Fall Classic. That series remains one of the most memorable and historic events in the history of the city.

I’ve read tens of thousands of words about that season and that series, seen photos, game footage, and even had the opportunity to talk with Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Gates Brown, Willie Horton, and others about it. So, I thought there was little more I could learn about the ’68 World Series. But I was wrong. A fabulous video is available on Youtube that shows a family outing to Game Three at Tiger Stadium. (There is some debate as to whether this footage is from Game Three or Game Four, but it’s one of those two games). The video was taken by the Martsenon family, who visited the city for the Fall Classic. What’s amazing about the video is that it not only shows the interior of Tiger Stadium (when the paint was green!), but it also shows footage from their car as they traverse down Michigan Avenue on their way to The Corner.




About Dan Holmes

The editor of Detroit Athletic Co. blog, is the author of Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, and worked for Major League Baseball as a web producer. He contributed to Sock it to 'Em Tigers: The Incredible Story of the 1968 Detroit Tigers, and Deadball Stars of the American League. Follow him on Twitter at @thedanholmes or visit his personal blog at