This Week in Tiger Stadium History, April 20-26

Rocky Colavito hit 139 homers in four seasons with the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s. He was a fan favorite.

April 20, 1900 at Bennett Park: Buffalo’s Doc Amole no-hits the Tigers in their American League debut, 8-0.

April 20, 1912 at Navin Field: The Tigers beat Cleveland, 6-5, in 11 innings as Frank Navin’s $300,000 ballpark throws open its gates for the first time.

April 20, 1927 at Navin Field: Edwin “Ty” Tyson begins radio broadcasts of Tigers games on station WWJ.

April 20, 1988 at Tiger Stadium: Before a game with Boston, more than 1,000 fans encircle the park in the first “stadium hug” in baseball history.

April 22, 1938 at Briggs Stadium: Briggs Stadium is dedicated before a record opening-day crowd of 54,500. Over the winter, a new two-story grandstand was completed in left and center fields, making the field the first in baseball to be completely encircled by two decks.

April 22, 1960 at Briggs Stadium: Home run champ Rocky Colavito, acquired from Cleveland in a controversial trade for batting champ Harvey Kuenn, homers in his first Tigers at-bat at Briggs Stadium.

April 25, 1901 at Bennett Park: In the city’s first major-league game since 1888, the Tigers mount the greatest ninth-inning rally in history by scoring 10 runs to defeat Milwaukee, 14-13.

April 26, 1961 at Tiger Stadium: Roger Maris of the Yankees hits his first of 61 home runs for the season with a bases-empty blast off Paul Foytack. Maris would go on to hit numbers 23, 24, 57, and 58 at Tiger Stadium while eclipsing Babe Ruth’s single-season record of 60.