This Week in Tiger Stadium History, August 3-9

Bat Day, like this one in 1965, was a tradition at Tiger Stadium starting in the early 1960s.

August 3, 1962 at Tiger Stadium: Minnesota’s Harmon Killebrew becomes the first player to hit a home run over the left-field roof, connecting off Jim Bunning.

August 3, 1982 at Tiger Stadium: Kansas City second baseman Frank White hits for the cycle.

August 6, 1897 at Bennett Park: In a Western League game against Kansas City, Detroit catcher Pat McCauley becomes the first player to hit for the cycle at The Corner.

August 6, 1938 at Briggs Stadium: Mickey Cochrane is fired as player-manager of the Tigers after leading the team to two pennants, two second-place finishes, and its first world championship in four and a half seasons.

August 9, 1926 at Navin Field: Harry Heilmann Day attracts 40,000 well-wishers to The Corner. The popular Heilmann, the defending batting champion, fails to get a hit as the Tigers drop a 9-8 decision to the Yankees.

August 9, 1948 at Briggs Stadium: A Detroit-Cleveland game attracts 56,586 fans. It’s the largest night crowd in club history.

August 9, 1964 at Tiger Stadium: The first Bat Day promotion at The Corner draws 46,342 to a doubleheader with Kansas City.