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 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 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

Wilcox Takes Charge: ’84 ALCS Game 3

October Baseball in Michigan October in Michigan.  What could be finer?  You’ve got your apple cider, your doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar, your jeans jackets for your archery or four-wheeling or orchard wandering or other outdoor activities.  The air is pleasant the way a drink of ice-cold water is pleasant. And it’s nice indoors, too, … Continue reading Wilcox Takes Charge: ’84 ALCS Game 3

Grubb Comes Through: ’84 ALCS Game 2

Detroit Tigers players Darrell Evans, Chet Lemon, and Larry Herndon smiling and slapping hands

Big Cats Put Saberhagen on Heels The Tigers had dominated the Royals in Game 1.  Game 2 gave them a shot to completely demoralize K.C., to make them believe they couldn’t win. They’d have to do it against the kind of combatant perfectly suited for his team in the situation, a confident young kid new … Continue reading Grubb Comes Through: ’84 ALCS Game 2

’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

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, Part II

Detroit Tigers pitcher Willie Hernandez

In Part One, I looked at the draining 14-game slog against the Blue Jays and Orioles.  Here are the other major developments in June. 1.Game-Winning Homers and Other Late-Inning Heroics The 1984 Tigers were dominant.  They led all the way.  And you can’t do that without rising to the occasion when you have to.  You’re … Continue reading Season Recap–June, Part II

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)