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

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–June: The Schedule Gets Tough (Part I)

Detroit Tiger Alan Trammell swinging a bat

Check out all the recaps of the glorious '84 season: today, June June Schedule Brings Baltimore, Toronto The 1984 Detroit Tigers’ schedule was bizarre.  The formula was essentially: in April, play mostly Western Division teams, with six games scheduled against Eastern foes Boston and Cleveland.  In May, a couple of big road trips, meeting every … Continue reading Season Recap–June: The Schedule Gets Tough (Part I)

How They Beat ‘Em: 1984 Detroit Tigers Starting Lineup

Tigers lineup

Here it is, the starting lineup for Game 1 of the 1984 season, Apr 3 at the Minnesota Twins. 1.2B Lou Whitaker 2.SS Alan Trammell 3.DH Darrell Evans 4.C Lance Parrish 5. RF Kirk Gibson 6.LF Larry Herndon 7.1B Dave Bergman 8.CF Chet Lemon 9. 3B Howard Johnson This post will look at the evolution … Continue reading How They Beat ‘Em: 1984 Detroit Tigers Starting Lineup