This Week in History: Tigers trade for Miguel Cabrera


Miguel Cabrera at his first spring training with the Detroit Tigers in February of 2008. 

November 28
On November 28, 2013, the Lions end their nine-game losing streak in Thanksgiving Day games, defeating the Packers 40-10. Matthew Stafford throws three touchdowns and the Detroit defense rattles Green Bay QB Matt Flynn, sacking him seven times.

On November 28, 2005, the Lions fire head coach Steve Mariucci, replacing him with assistant Dick Jauron. The unpopular Mariucci, who posted a 15-28 record in Detroit, is the third head coach to quit or be fired by the Lions in five years.

November 29
On November 29, 1939, Dick McAuliffe is born in Hartford, Connecticut. McAuliffe plays 14 seasons for the Detroit Tigers, from 1960-1973, serving as a versatile player in the infield and near the top of the order. McAuliffe made the All-Star team as both a second baseman and shortstop for the Tigers, with one of the strangest batting stances in history.

On November 29, 1934, the Lions play their first Thanksgiving Day football game, hosting the Chicago Bears at University of Detroit Stadium. The Bears defeat the Lions 19-16 in the Thanksgiving game, which will become an annual tradition for Detroit. The only years the city will not host a game on Thanksgiving are 1939-44.

December 1
When he earns an assist in the third period on December 1, 1960, Gordie Howe establishes a new NHL scoring record for both regular season and the playoffs. His 1,092 points surpass the previous mark held by Maurice Richard.

December 2
On December 2, 1936, the Tigers purchase 21-year old pitcher Dizzy Trout from Indianapolis in one their best transactions of that era. The young pitcher, who adopted the nickname “Dizzy” because he wanted to be as famous as Cardinals’ pitcher Dizzy Dean, makes his way into the Detroit rotation in 1939. During World War II he becomes one of the league’s most dependable pitchers, winning 47 games in 1943-44. He will win 163 games for the Tigers in 14 seasons with the club.

December 4
On December 4, 2007, the Tigers send six players to the Florida Marlins for slugger Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis. The trade gives the team two solid stars to add to their roster. Among the players the Tigers give up are top prospects outfielder Cameron Maybin and pitcher Andrew Miller.

On December 4, 1968, Gordie Howe scores his 700th career goal in a 7-2 Detroit rout of the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Howe is more than 150 goals ahead of the second player on the all-time list at the time.