This Week in Tiger Stadium History, September 28 – October 5

Tiger pitcher Frank Tanana celebrates with second baseman Lou Whitaker after the Tigers defeated the Blue Jays, 1-0 to win the AL East in 1987.

September 28, 1964 at Tiger Stadium: Green Bay defeats the Detroit Lions, 14-10, in front of 59,203 fans, the largest football crowd ever at The Corner.

September 28, 1972 at Tiger Stadium: Mickey Lolich is the victim as Lindy McDaniel of the Yankees becomes the last pitcher to homer at Tiger Stadium.

October 1, 1944 at Briggs Stadium: Last-place Washington beats Detroit, 4-1, depriving the Tigers of a tie for the pennant with St. Louis.

October 1, 1967 at Tiger Stadium: On the final day of the season, California defeats Detroit, 8-5, in the second game of a doubleheader to dash the Tigers’ hopes of tying Boston for the pennant.

October 1, 1988 at Tiger Stadium: The Tigers hold their first Fan Appreciation Day.

October 2, 1927 at Navin Field: On the final day of the season, Harry Heilmann pounds out seven hits in a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland and edges Philadelphia’s Al Simmons for the batting crown, .398 to .392.

October 3, 1896 at Bennett Park: The Detroit Athletic Club plays a high school squad, the Seaforths, in the first of many soccer matches at The Corner.

October 3, 1937 at Navin Field: On the final day of the season, Jake Wade pitches a one-hitter and beats Cleveland’s Johnny Allen (15-0 entering the game), ending Allen’s quest for a record-tying 16th consecutive victory. Hank Greenberg knocks in the only run of the afternoon but falls one short of equaling Lou Gehrig’s American League record of 184 RBI.

October 3, 1949 at Briggs Stadium: George Kell’s two hits off Cleveland’s Bob Lemon in the last game of the season allows the Tigers’ third baseman to narrowly beat out Ted Williams for the batting title, .3429 to .3427.

October 4, 1987 at Tiger Stadium: Behind Frank Tanana’s pitching and Larry Herndon’s home run, the Tigers beat Toronto, 1-0, edging the Blue Jays for the Eastern Division title.

October 5, 1945 at Briggs Stadium: The biggest turnout for a postseason baseball game in Detroit, 55,500 people, watches Chicago beat Detroit, 3-0, in Game 3 of the World Series. Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau surrenders one hit, a single by Rudy York.

October 5, 1950 at Briggs Stadium: The University of Detroit loses to Notre Dame, 40-6, before 52,331 football fans.

October 5, 1984 at Tiger Stadium: The Tigers wrap up a three-game playoff sweep of the Kansas City Royals and advance to the World Series with a 1-0 victory.