Who Ya Gonna Call?: Pop Music and the 1984 Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers celebrating their World Series victory: Willie Hernandez, Lance Parrish, Darrell Evans and others

Pop music in the 80’s had a distinct sound, and one that didn’t age well.  Whether it was the new-wave or dance club music smeared with keyboards in the first half of the decade or the trite hair metal in the second half, it was all sheen and glitz and big, dumb riffs. 1984 saw … Continue reading Who Ya Gonna Call?: Pop Music and the 1984 Detroit Tigers

1984 World Series Game 5: The Tigers are World Champions!

Kirk Gibson

Game 5 of the 1984 World Series was a carnival.  It had a dizzying array of baseball variations, including a man sliding past home plate, a game-winning RBI by a little-used role player, and a home run off a pitcher who refused to walk a power hitter. It also gave a World Series title to … Continue reading 1984 World Series Game 5: The Tigers are World Champions!

1984 World Series Game 4: For Trammell and Morris, a Leg on the Road to Greatness

Jack Morris pitching a baseball; black and white photo

While Alan Trammell powered through a mountain curve, Jack Morris slalomed rush-hour highway traffic.  For both men, Game 4 of the 1984 World Series was an eventful leg on their road to greatness. Neither Hall of Famer had risen to full stature by October of ’84.  Morris would later etch his name in the Eternity … Continue reading 1984 World Series Game 4: For Trammell and Morris, a Leg on the Road to Greatness

1984 World Series Game 3: Tigers Walk, 5-2

Lou Whitaker batting in Tiger Stadium against the San Diego Padres

October 12th brought World Series baseball back to Detroit for the first time since 1968. The 104-game-winning, Wire-to-Wire Tigers had to chance to take a lead on the Padres.  Going into the game, the Tigers needed to stem the tide of a trend of failing to drive in men after getting them on base.  They’d … Continue reading 1984 World Series Game 3: Tigers Walk, 5-2

1984 World Series Game 2: Bevacquaman to the Rescue

Game 2 gave the Tigers a chance to put San Diego on its heels going into the Detroit junction of the series.  A 2-0 lead going home would put the Tigers very definitively in the driver’s seat.  While the Padres had swiped three games in a row to win the NLCS, those were all at … Continue reading 1984 World Series Game 2: Bevacquaman to the Rescue