This Week in Tiger Stadium History, April 27 – May 4

Yankee legend Lou Gehrig sits in the dugout on May 2, 1939, watching the game at Briggs Stadium. It's the first time in 2,130 games that Gehrig has not played.

April 27, 1973 at Tiger Stadium: Kansas City’s Steve Busby no-hits Detroit, 3-0.

April 28, 1896 at Bennett Park: Bennett Park opens with the Tigers beating their Western League rivals, Columbus, 17-2. Detroit’s left fielder and captain, George Stallings, hits the first home run at The Corner.

April 30, 1922 at Navin Field: Unheralded rookie Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect game against Detroit, 2-0, for only his second big-league win. After Johnny Bassler is retired for the final out, Detroit fans storm past the police and carry Robertson off the field.

May 2, 1939 at Briggs Stadium: Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game playing streak stops at 2,130 games after the Yankees’ captain and first baseman voluntarily decides to sit out the afternoon’s game against Detroit. As Gehrig, who would die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis five years later, walks stiffly out to home plate to deliver the lineup card, the crowd of 11,379 rise in a spontaneous gesture of appreciation.

May 3, 1959 at Briggs Stadium: During a Sunday doubleheader sweep of the Yankees, Charlie Maxwell hits home runs in four consecutive official at-bats, tying a major-league record.

May 4, 1939 at Briggs Stadium: Boston’s Ted Wiliams becomes the first player to homer over the right-field roof since the stadium was double-decked, connecting off Bob Harris.

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