This Week in Tiger Stadium History, July 20-26

During the 1940s and 1950s the Tigers were one of the best draws in baseball at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.

July 20, 1947 at Briggs Stadium: A doubleheader with the Yankees draws 58,369 fans, the largest baseball crowd in Detroit history. Detroit wins twice, 4-1 and 12-11 (11 innings).

July 23, 1953 at Briggs Stadium:  The Tigers end the practice of having both teams share the centerfield bullpen by moving the batteries to the outfield corners. General manager Charlie Gehringer explains that it’s meant to cut down the time required for pitching changes.

July 23, 1954 at Briggs Stadium: The ballpark hosts a “Star Night” concert featuring Perry Como, Patti Page, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat “King” Cole. Tickets cost the 25,000 music fans $4.50 each.

July 25, 1943 at Briggs Stadium: Satchel Paige’s All-Stars play the Motor City Giants in one of scores of contests involving Negro League teams played at The Corner over the years.

July 25, 1967 at Tiger Stadium: The Detroit riot forces postponement of the Tigers’ game with the Orioles. The balance of the three-game series is shifted to Baltimore.

July 26, 1928: Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the third and final time in his Yankees career.