My sons still talk about it. Minnesotas Harmon Killebrew had been the first in 1962, followed six years later by Washingtons Frank Howard.  By 1938, the city had agreed to move Cherry Street, allowing the left-field seats to be double-decked, and the now-renamed Briggs Stadium had a capacity of 53,000. Frank Osborn founded Osborn Engineering in Cleveland in 1892. On November 28, 1974, the Lions played their last game at Tiger Stadium. In 1973, ground was broken for a stadium to exclusively house the Lions. In September 1990, I was making the trip from Traverse City down to Toledo, Ohio, to visit my grandmother. The only major changes during the latter decades were the closure of the "skybox" suites that perched on the front edge of the roof, and (in 1978) the replacement of the old dark green . The company pioneered in the use of reinforced concrete and built municipal and industrial facilities throughout the country. He hit some long HRs at Tiger Stadium. Fielder didnt hit his 50th that night, but it remains one of my more memorable spontaneous moments. The Metropolitan Stadium Committee voted unanimously for the Pontiac site. In 80-degree weather on Aug. 25, 1990, Tiger Stadium hosted 45,474 fans eager to watch the Oakland Athletics' "Bash Brothers," Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, face off against the Tigers'. Comerica Park is NICE; Tiger Stadium was GREAT!!!! The seven-hour game is the second longest game in American League history. Many seats were replaced. Along Trumbull Avenue, 24 town homes were planned for sale. And the fans got rewarded with unusual moments such as a 22-inning game decided by a player who hit the only home run of his career to decide the game. Aaron Judge (2017) - 513 feet in Miami In 2018, the site was redeveloped for youth sports. Reggie Jackson wasn't supposed to play in the 1971 Major League . The green box was considered a home-run haven. Ilitch began to make plans for a new ballpark downtown, breaking ground during the 1997 season. In the first game Cash hit the shot over the roof and another home run off McClain. The stadiums demolition was completed on September 21, 2009, though the stadiums actual playing field remains at the corner where the stadium stood. Dismiss, Copyright 2022 Vintage Detroit Collection, Spinnaker Center, 44692 Helm St, Plymouth. Frank Robinson appeared poised to make the catch only to see the ball drop in the first row of the overhang for a game winning home run, one of just four Matchick hit in six big league seasons. Tiger Stadium is an outdoor stadium located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the campus of Louisiana State University. , In 2006, the feature-length documentary Stranded at the Corner: The Battle to Save Historic Tiger Stadium was released. Charlie Steiner with ESPN highlights of Oakland A's/Detroit Tigers. Football at Tiger Stadium was an adventure. Cecil Fielder hits homerun over Tiger stadium roof.. (For one season 1954 the Tigers shortened right field to 302 feet. Frank Lary, who had made a career out of beating the Yankees (he was 29-6 lifetime against them from 1955-63), was the Detroit starter. He hit his first home run of the 1961 season there. At the time, some places in the outfield were only marked off with rope. Winning pitcher Jim Bouton tossed seven scoreless innings for the victory. This is not a replacement for the newsletter, but rather a real-time notification system! Location: Heritage Park. My sons were small and I was trying to teach them the strategy of the game (since I was also their coach). Since Detroit was driving for a score late in the game, some assumed Hughes was simply trying to stop the clock. The Home Run Encyclopedia gives an account of one of Ruth's longest drives and one of the longest hit ever. Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins. Cecil was on 49, and I veered my car onto the exit to downtown Detroit and snatched up a ticket. Excited to work with Vintage Detroit on future orders. Proudly powered by WordPress | Prince Fielder hit a home run there during batting practice when he was a 12-year old and his dad was playing for the Tigers. , After a hiatus wherein various plans to preserve portions of the stadium were considered, demolition was completed on September 21, 2009. Id have a chance to send my family to Paris on that one.. It was the final Major League hit, home run, and RBI in Tiger Stadium's history. What a game. Jackson dropped his bat and watched it sail, seemingly astonished of his own power. Have Your Own Jersey? Reggie Jackson's All-Star Game homer off the Tiger Stadium roof is still jaw-dropping By Chris Landers July 12, 2017 There's no way to say for sure whether Reggie Jackson's homer at the 1971 All-Star Game is the longest in the history of the Midsummer Classic -- the game is over 80 years old, after all, and data is incomplete. Tiger Stadium didnt go down easily. New Hagerstown Atlantic League ballpark According to former Tiger Stadium groundskeeper Frank Feneckit, it took almost a howitzer to send a ball over the left-field grandstand at The Corner. When was the last Tigers game at Tiger Stadium? The ballparks other famous boxing matches involved Jake LaMotta. Tiger Stadium was designed by the father and son team of Frank C. Osborn and Kenneth H. Osborn. I ended up buy a very nice winter Tiger jacket and as I tried it on and decided on it they noticed a very minor blemish on the back and quickly informed me I had a hard time even seeing it & probably would have never noticed it. , On December 16, 2014, a $33million project by Larson Realty Group to redevelop the old Tiger Stadium site was approved by Detroit's Economic Development Corporation. Paul was great to work with and offered to delay shipping when I told him I would be on vacation on the original delivery date. But on August 25, 1990, during a Saturday game against Oakland, Tigers first baseman Cecil Fielder joined the exclusive circle of sluggers. Hughes was quickly wheeled off the field, which eerily ended minutes later. But Jackson, trying hard to make fans . Dont forget about Frank Howard. Our motto is simple: We enjoy doing cool things and are overjoyed we can make a living doing so. When Ford Field hosted the 2006 Super Bowl, a tent on Tiger Stadiums field played host to the Bud Bowl, an event that featured (among other things), a performance by Snoop Dogg. The bleachers had their own entrance, concession stands and restrooms. A few players, very few, hit home runs into the bleachers in straightaway center field, an incredible 440 feet away. When baseball's biggest stars need a haircut, they come to Jos 'Jordan' Lpez, By The city of Detroit decide to move an entire street Cherry Street so the entire ball park could now be double decked. Cash hit the ball over Tiger Stadiums right field roof four times in his career. Fittingly, Ficks blast was the final hit of any kind at Tiger Stadium. August Publications was formed in 2002 with the launch of Ballpark Digest. Or the blast off Gibson's bat that landed on the roof of the lumber yard across Trumbull Avenue. The film dramatized the efforts of New York Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during the 1961 season to break fellow Yankee Babe Ruth's single-season home run record of 60. Cecil Fielder was the third player,. The last Tigers game at the stadium was held on September 27, 1999. He has four other children and four grandchildren. He was also adept at hitting the ball out down the left field line, a trait later adopted by Willie Horton and Lance Parrish. Whitaker hit 146 homers at the old ballpark, most of them after he matured into a better power hitter in his late 20s. Took everyones breath away. This pole was in play. Tiger Stadium saw gigantic home runs, like the one Babe Ruth hit that witnesses swore traveled 600 feet as it soared over the right field grandstands. I was in the stands the day that Mr. McGwire hit his shot over the roof in left. The ballpark was also the scene of one of the darkest days in NFL history. , During the summer of 2010, a group calling itself "The Navin Field Grounds Crew" began maintaining the playing field and hosting vintage baseball, youth baseball, and softball games at the site. Most spectacular was Cash's performance in the doubleheader that June Sunday 60 years ago. I found it refreshing to be served by people who truly knew everything and who came across as glad i stopped in and only care about me getting the service beyond what i deserved. Coincidentally, Fielders counterpart at first base that day was Mark McGwire, who had hit his very first major league tater exactly four years earlier. In left field, it was 15 feet (4.6m) farther down the line, and the roof was set back some distance. By the time Detroits Tiger Stadium bade farewell 87 years, it had witnessed 11,111 home runs, six World Series, three memorable All-Star games, NFL Championship games and championship boxing fights. Outfield Wall Height: A left-to-right representation of the outfield wall and the minimum/maximum heights (in feet) of the wall. (The Cubs claimed their last World Series title there in 1908.) Ficks homer hit the roof in right and just missed going out of the stadium. Later measurement revealed the ball traveled close to 600 feet. In 1895, Detroit had a team in the Western League, an eight-team loop that eventually melded into the American League. None had occurred since 1955.  Plans to modify and maintain Tiger Stadium as the home of the Tigers, known as the Cochrane Plan, were supported by many in the community, but were never seriously considered by the city or the Tigers. In the 17 years afterwards (before moving to Pontiac), they had few memorable days at Tiger Stadium. *(previously Briggs Stadium & Navin Field), Most Homers hit by opposing players I bet that was a great experience, seeing Killebrews home run. A short while later I left with a new cap and a custom Fidrych T-shirt. (Thirteen years earlier, he was the only player ever to homer over the center-field bleachers, which consisted of one deck at the time.) The city received a $5 million federal grant and issued $8.5 million in bonds to pay for renovations, including replacement of the old green wooden seats with blue plastic seats. Partially because of that incident, a pad was put in place on the flagpole. It was said the lights at the ballpark were so bright that it could light up a city of 10,000 people. In the 1970s, Ken Berry, an excellent flychaser, forgot about this one day and ran flush into the pole while chasing a shot by Detroit OF Willie Horton. PNC Park Reggie Jackson became a national figure due to a famous home run in an All-Star Game. I was a little concerned it would let look as good as I hoped, but when I put it on, I loved it. He was the only man to hit 4 home runs in one day in the history of Brigs/Tiger Stadium or Navin Field for that matter. Reggie Jackson's 1971 All-Star Game shot at Tiger Stadium would have travelled more than 600. It is the home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team . Even more unusual for the time, all three games were televised locally in an effort to distract minds of Detroiters. July 11, 2018. Robinson flung his glove into the stands in disgust. I ended up buy a very nice winter Tiger jacket and as I tried it on and decided on it they noticed a very minor blemish on the back and quickly informed me I had a hard time even seeing it & probably would have never noticed it. 2 others that hit the light towers. Obviously those CF home runs had to be close to 500 feet to clear the wall at that point. The home run record was reset to 235 three years later, during the Tigers' final campaign at Tiger Stadium. Fifty years ago Tuesday, July 13, 1971, a sellout crowd of 53,559 watched from Tiger Stadium's then-green seats and another 60-million plus watched and listened from around the world as. Saw Herndons line shot to center. Gibson hits one out of Tiger Stadium Watch on Detroit's Police Athletic League (PAL) headquarters would relocate to the site and maintain the field. I was in desperate need because of a upcoming event to make purchase I could get same day while searching for the item I quickly realized there wasn't just limited availability of the item but very limited locations in Metro Detroit i could purchase the item. , Over the years, expansion continued to accommodate more spectators. In the 1971 All-Star Game, Reggie Jackson hit a ball off a transformer in deep right-center field that left the bat so fast that all TV could catch was its return trip to earth. And so it went. Recently got a blank jersey stitched at Vintage Detroit and the finished product looks awesome! South African leader Nelson Mandela spoke before 49,000 people. , Tiger Stadium was home of the Detroit Lions from 1938 to 1974. I know Alan Trammell hit a lot of homeruns on the road while playing for Detroit, and as a total for his career, he hit 185 HRs total both on the road and at home. The team played as the Detroit Cougars in the United Soccer Association. There is no roof to extend. called the stadium home in the late 1960s. (At age 89, Eldon Auker, a member of the 1934-35 AL champions, was the oldest returnee. Although they only won six pennants during their tenure there, the hometown Tigers were often an interesting team with individual stars.  While constructed on the same site as Bennett Park, the diamond at Navin Field was rotated 90, with home plate located in what had been left field at Bennett Park. (In those days, home games were blacked out 75 miles from the site of competition. Once or twice a year, an outfielder would have to go behind the pole to chase an errant hit. The 1990 season was Fielders first in Detroit after wearing a Toronto uniform for four seasons and then playing in Japan. Source: wikimedia.org. Field of Dreams ballpark (Dyersville, IA) LMCU Ballpark (West Michigan Whitecaps) upgrades Thank you so much, I can't wait to wear my jersey to a Wings game! On October 24, 1971, Chuck Hughes, a 27-year-old wide receiver for Detroit, suddenly collapsed on the field at the end of a play. Through 1990, only two players had cleared the roof in left. Mantle is generally credited with the longest home run of all time, a clout that left Tiger Stadium on Sept. 10, 1960, and landed in a lumberyard across the street.