June 23, 1943 at Briggs Stadium: In the aftermath of a bloody race riot, 350 armed troops guard the stadium during a Detroit-Cleveland doubleheader.
June 23, 1950 at Briggs Stadium: The Tigers and Yankees set a record by combining for 11 home runs. The final one, an inside-the-parker by Hoot Evers in the ninth, gives Detroit a 10-9 victory.
June 24, 1962 at Tiger Stadium: Jack Reed hits the only home run of his career in the 22nd inning, leading New York past the Tigers, 9-7. The seven-hour marathon sets a record for the longest game in big-league history.
June 25, 1998 at Tiger Stadium: Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hits his 19th home run of the month, breaking Rudy York’s 1937 major-league mark.
June 27, 1961 at Tiger Stadium: The Tigers and White Sox square off in front of 57,271 fans, the largest Detroit crowd ever for a twi-night doubleheader.
June 28, 1976 at Tiger Stadium: Mark Fidrych’s 5-1 victory over the Yankees in a nationally televised night game sets off “Birdmania.”
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1953 – Signed to a contract with the Detroit Tigers less than a week ago, after graduating from Baltimore Southern high school, 18 year old teen phenom Al Kaline makes his major league debut vs. the Philadelphia Athletics and pitcher Harry Byrd.
6/24/62—We went out to dinner for my mother’s birthday. I had my little transistor radio with me. We were on the way home (from Ted’s at Woodward and Square Lake) when Jack Reed, a/k/a Mickey Mantle’s caddy, hit the HR off Phil Regan. I recall that Rocky Colavito went 7-for-10, and that Frank Lary, the Yankee Killer, got knocked out early that day. Al Kaline was still out with that broken collarbone suffered on 5/26. The scheduled second game of the double-header was postponed because the first game took so long. Actually, the time of the game was 6:59, but official scorer Joe Falls made it 7:00 because he thought it looked or sounded better for history’s sake. That time was a record for many years. And the next day, the Tigers made a terrible trade, sending my boyhood favorite, Charlie Maxwell, to the White Sox for the legendary Bob Farley. Fifty years ago. Wow!
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