The Great Detroit Tiger Pop Song Match Game

KISS hit it big with their rock anthem "Detroit Rock City" in 1976.

KISS hit it big with their rock anthem “Detroit Rock City” in 1976.

Here we go with the first installment (and hopefully the last) of The Great Detroit Tiger Pop Song Match Game.
Correctly match up what the Tigers did on the date that these pop songs were released in the United States. Today, we’re featuring tunes from the 1970’s (for better or worse)!

First, we have a random, unscientific list of 10 pop songs from the decade, along with the artist and the date of release. Below that is a list of 10 Tiger games to choose from.

So test your knowledge and re-live the good old days of Dave Rozema, Carly Simon, Aurelio Rodriguez, and Glen Campbell. As always, no cheating, and don’t be square!

1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (Stevie Wonder, June 3, 1970)
2. Hot Stuff (Donna Summer, April 13, 1979)
3. Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye, June 15, 1973)
4. Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell, May 26, 1975)
5. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (KC and the Sunshine Band, May 27, 1976)
6. The Night Chicago Died (Paper Lace, June 15, 1974)
7. Delta Dawn (Helen Reddy, May 13, 1972)
8. Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon, August 4, 1977)
9. Detroit Rock City (KISS, July 28, 1976)
10. Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones, May 7, 1971)

A. Mickey Lolich gives up only five hits and strikes out nine. Bill Freehan homers and drives in three. The Tigers beat the Royals, 3-1 at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

B. Texas defeats the Tigers, 5-4. Dave Rozema isn’t sharp, and is pulled by manager Les Moss in the fifth inning. Lou Whitaker has three hits. The Rangers’ Sparky Lyle picks up his second save of the young season.

C. Alex Johnson and John Wockenfuss both homer for the Tigers, but Baltimore wins, 4-3. Reggie Jackson goes 0-4 with 2 strikeouts, and is now hitting .211 in an Orioles uniform. Only 9,397 bother to show up at The Corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

D. Down 9-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Tigers win it 11-9 on a two-out, three run homer by Aurelio Rodriguez, scoring Marv Lane and Gene Lamont. The Royals use six pitchers, including Marty Pattin, who takes the loss. Luke Walker picks up the victory.

E. In Anaheim, John Hiller picks up the win in relief, as the Tigers edge the Angels, 5-4 in eleven innings. Ninth-inning homers by Gates Brown and Jim Northrup tie it up, and Willie Horton’s single scores Mickey Stanley in the eleventh for the victory.

F. The Twins blast Detroit, 13-6. Jim Perry of the Tigers gives up four runs in the first inning, and is yanked before he can record an out. Willie Horton has three hits, including his eighth homer.

G. Detroit’s Dave Roberts and the Brewers’ Jerry Augustine both toss complete games in a pitchers’ duel in Milwaukee. Tiger second baseman Pedro Garcia’s sacrifice fly in the ninth accounts for the game’s only run.

H. Rookie Dave Rozema wins his 11th, a 4-2 win over the Twins in Bloomington, Minnesota. Rusty Staub homers.

I. Round-trippers by Danny Meyer and Aurelio Rodriguez help the Tigers defeat Minnesota, 6-2. Tom Kelly homers for the Twins. Detroit’s Vern Ruhle goes the distance.

J. Mickey Lolich fans 13, Dick McAuliffe homers, and the Tigers edge Kansas City, 3-1 at Tiger Stadium.

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1) E
2) B
3) F
4) I
5) C
6) D
7) A
8) H
9) G
10) J

9-10 Dy-no-mite!!
6-8 Groovy, man.
3-5 Keep on truckin’.
1-2 You are definitely not stayin’ alive.
0 Gag me with a spoon.