Controversial Trade Wakes up Sleepy Spring Training

This Champs in Context post looks at controversies surrounding Glenn Wilson and John Wockenfuss, which helped shape Spring Training 1984. With the Florida sun carving wild slices from their old English D’s, the ’84 Tigers strode confidently into Spring Training.  And why not? The Tigers had finished the ’83 season with the third-best record in … Continue reading Controversial Trade Wakes up Sleepy Spring Training

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 Detroit Tigers Opening-Day Roster

Champs in Context: 1984 Detroit Tigers Opening Day Roster This is the first in what will be a series of stories filed under “Champs in Context.”  This series is meant to establish a few things about the Tigers before just jumping in to the amazing 35-5 start, Jack Morris’ no-hitter, all of that. I want … Continue reading 1984 Detroit Tigers Opening-Day Roster

1984 Tigers Opening-Day Roster, Part II

Here’s part two of the Champs in Context post on the Tigers’ Opening Day Roster.  This post is all about setting the scene for the Tigers’ season.  I think one gets a much better understanding of what that team did that season by looking at how it came together, where the players were in the … Continue reading 1984 Tigers Opening-Day Roster, Part II