This Week in Tiger Stadium History, June 15-21

Jake LaMotta (right) fought for the middleweight title at Briggs Stadium in 1949.

June 15, 1948 at Briggs Stadium: Hal Newhouser pitches the Tigers past Philadelphia, 4-1, before 54,480 fans in the first official game played under the lights at The Corner.

June 16, 1949 at Briggs Stadium: Jake LaMotta, “The Raging Bull,” wins the middleweight crown with a 10th-round knockout of Marcel Cerdan in front of a crowd of 22,183.

June 16, 1997 at Tiger Stadium: Detroit loses to the Florida Marlins, 7-3, in the first regular-season home game against a National League opponent.

June 17, 1958 at Briggs Stadium: Ozzie Virgil, a Dominican Republic native who is the Tigers’ first player of color, makes his Briggs Stadium debut by going 5-for-5 against Washington.

June 17, 1967 at Tiger Stadium: Kansas City and Detroit establish the league record for the longest doubleheader: 9 hours, 5 minutes. Detroit wins the rain-delayed first game, 7-6, and drops the nightcap, 6-5, in 19 innings.

June 17, 1980 at Tiger Stadium: The Tigers close the bleachers after several incidents of rowdyism. They’re reopened June 30 after the club initiates tighter security measures and limits beer sales.

June 18, 1911 at Bennett Park: The Tigers overcome a 12-run deficit, rallying to beat the Chicago White Sox, 16-15, after trailing, 13-1, in the fifth inning.

June 18, 1956 at Briggs Stadium: Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle, en route to winning batting’s Triple Crown, becomes the second player to clear the rightfield stands, connecting off Paul Foytack.

June 18, 1975 at Tiger Stadium: Boston rookie Fred Lynn collects a single, triple, and three home runs and drives in 10 runs as the Red Sox romp, 15-1.

June 18, 1995 at Tiger Stadium: Detroit beats Baltimore, 10-8, giving Sparky Anderson the 2,158th managerial win of his career, placing him third behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.

June 20, 1915 at Navin Field: The St. Louis Browns arrive at Navin Field without uniforms. The Tigers lend the Browns their spares, then beat them, 1-0.


One reply on “This Week in Tiger Stadium History, June 15-21

  • KalineCountry Ron

    June 19, 1953 Al Kaline signs with the Tigers and scout Ed Katalinas. In less than a week Kaline has his first major league at bat, and the rest is a great baseball history.

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