’84 ALCS: Tigers Have Pennant in Sights

Alan Trammell hitting a baseball

Season Recap, Post-season edition: ALCS Preview and Game 1 Recap The Royals' Strange Pennant The ’84 K.C. Royals cobbled together a division crown. Their year was serpentine, complicated.  Many contributions were improbable. In a sense, the season began in the offseason, when both Willie Wilson and Willie Aikens were arrested attempting to buy cocaine.  Each … Continue reading ’84 ALCS: Tigers Have Pennant in Sights

The Tigers Win the Pennant! Sept. Recap Part II

Kirk Gibson, Marty Castillo, and Lance Parrish

Clinching the Pennant Say you’re a big-time pitcher.  A golden boy—good looking, tall, always the star.  You sign with a big league club and start rocketing up the minor league system. And then you get the big call.  The bright lights, the blinding chalk lines, the booming stadium announcer saying your name.  You see some … Continue reading The Tigers Win the Pennant! Sept. Recap Part II

1984 Season Recap: September–Part I

Marty Castillo diving to his right

The Tigers head down the final stretch with 13 straight against Baltimore and Toronto. Off to a Rough Start September was the big dance for Detroit: six games against the Blue Jays, a chance to knock them off for good and clinch the pennant.  They entered the month 9.5 games up. The pennant was largely … Continue reading 1984 Season Recap: September–Part I

Season Recap–Aug

Lance Parrish high-fiving Kirk Gibson in a baseball stadium

Check out all the monthly recaps of the 1984 season. If you want to become a big sports cliché, go on a slump during August.  August and slumps go together only too well: The daaaawwwwwwwggg daaaaaaaaaaays of Awwwwww-gust. It’s hot.  So hot. Everyone’s lawn is yellow and prickly.  The mosquitoes are out and it’s miserable. … Continue reading Season Recap–Aug

In ’84, Dave Bergman Was Clutch All Year

Dave Bergman

Have we been remembering Dave Bergman for the wrong reasons?  Do we remember his 1984 season at all? We remember a moment, a legend.  But not a season. A moment from Dave Bergman’s career—and from the Detroit Tigers’ Wire-to-Wire World Championship 1984 season—that has been built into fable and that stands as a monolith, is … Continue reading In ’84, Dave Bergman Was Clutch All Year

Add-a-Tiger: Bill Scherrer

Add-a-Tiger posts profile Tigers who didn’t make the ’84 Opening-Day roster, but who came on mid-season and played a part in the story. RP Bill Scherrer #17 6-4 170 B: 1-20-1958 Tonawanda, NY W-L: 1-0 ERA: 1.89 WHIP: 1.16 SV’s: 0 Bill Scherrer comes off as the kid in high school who wasn’t in any … Continue reading Add-a-Tiger: Bill Scherrer

Add-a-Tiger: Carl Willis

Add-a-Tiger posts profile players who weren't on the Opening-Day roster but who joined the team. RP Carl Willis #28 6-4 210 lb b. 12-28-1960, Danville, VA Carl Willis was pulled into a whirlwind in 1983 and ’84.  He signed as a pro in June of ’83, after the Tigers had drafted him in the 23rd … Continue reading Add-a-Tiger: Carl Willis

Add-a-Tiger: Doug Baker

Add-a-Tiger posts profile 84 Tigers who weren't on the opening-day roster but joined the team mid-season. SS Doug Baker #9 5-9 165 lb b. 4-3-1961, Fullerton, CA Svelte middle infielder Doug Baker got the call up from Evansville on July 1.  Trammell’s shoulder was ailing and hurting his throwing, so Sparky wanted to DH him.  … Continue reading Add-a-Tiger: Doug Baker