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06-24-2006, 02:57 PM #1
What Rare or Historical Baseball Events Have You Seen?
Because I was actually there for it, the Darryl Kile thread got me to wondering: how many rare or historical baseball events have any of us been at, live and in the ballpark? How many of you have seen a no-hitter or a triple play live, for instance, or a milestone like a 3000th hit?
Here are just a few that I've seen, thinking off the top of my head. Some of them are probably less historical to baseball in general than to the Tigers specifically.
- Tigers' 3-2 win over the Blue Jays second to last game of year, 1987, featuring Trammell's hit under Manny Lee's legs.
- Cecil Fielder's shot over the left-field roof in 1990 -- first time since Frank Howard, I believe.
- Bobby Higginson's 3-homer game against the Mets, 1999.
- Hank Aaron hitting a home run at Tiger Stadium in 1975. (It might not have been so rare that he got a homer, but I later found out it was his only one at The Corner.)
- The "Steve Bartman" game in 2003
- LaTroy Hawkins striking out the side on nine pitches in a game in 2004
- Two of Sammy Sosa's 60th home runs, in 1998 and 1999
- Cubs scoring 20 runs in a game against the Dodgers in 2001
- Kerry Wood getting four strikeouts in an inning. (And he almost got five!)
06-24-2006, 03:06 PM #2
I saw the last homerun to go completely out of Tiger Stadium. It was hit by Karim Garcia. Although it was significant at the time, it wasn't until the season finished and Tiger Stadium closed that it became THE LAST homerun to leave the ballpark. I have the ticket stub around here somewhere.
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06-24-2006, 03:18 PM #3
One of, of which I don't remember, Denny McClains 31 wins in 1968.
The "return" of Mark "the Bird" Fidrych from an injury. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but he hadn't pitched for a while, and they seemed to be billing this as his return.
06-24-2006, 03:33 PM #4
I saw the Tigers beat the Yankees in 2000 and Mariano Rivera took the loss. Considering his domination over the Tigers I consider that a rare sight.
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06-24-2006, 03:59 PM #5
I was at Tiger Stadium and saw Skeeter Barnes start a Triple Play versus Seattle.
Sitting in the right field seats for Lou Whitaker's 200th Home Run
Alan Trammell's first grand slam was hit just in front of me in Left field.
Came close to seeing a no-hitter once in Baltimore by Ben McDonald but it got broken up in the 8th inning.
06-24-2006, 04:09 PM #6
My dad caught me Matt Nokes homerun ball on August 6, 1988 vs the Red Sox........
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06-24-2006, 04:46 PM #8MotownSports Fan
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This is probably not historic in the sense that Chas is asking for but, it is something I'll never forget. Seeing one of Mark Fidrychs games his first year and watching my favorite player Aurelio Rodriguez hit a home run to win the game and my second favorite player, John Hiller come in for the save."If he could have, Guillen would've tried to steal Weaver's girl, scratched Weaver's car, stolen Weaver's lunch and if he had access to a metal folding chair he probably would have tried to hit Weaver with it." -Joe Posnanski
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06-24-2006, 04:48 PM #9
In 98 I saw McGwire hit one, have Sosa hit one to tie him and then McGwire hit another to go ahead of him in the race.
I was at the game in July when Sammy Sosa broke the record for most homeruns in a month (a sold out Tiger stadium - it seems many of us were there).
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06-24-2006, 05:12 PM #10MotownSports Fan
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My first ever baseball game was at the old stadium in Cleveland against the Blue Jays. Dave Steib had a no hitter with two outs in the 9th when Julio Fanco broke it up with a ground ball single up the middle.
I witnessed at Three Rivers Stadium the 10 inning no-hitter by Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon against the Astros.
I tailgated at the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium.
I was at a Pistons game once when Rasheed Wallace got a foul called on him and said absolutely nothing.
06-24-2006, 05:15 PM #11MotownSports Fan
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I haven't seen anything of a real historical significance. I did see Purnal Goldy play though. He's sort of legendary for being a flash-in-the-pan phenom for the Tigers in spring training one year in the early 60's. I saw him play right field for Syracuse in a game at The Rockpile (War Memorial Stadium) in Buffalo in 1962.
06-24-2006, 05:49 PM #12
1. 1996 LA Dodgers at Colorodo Rockies. One guy (name slips my mind right now) stole 6 bases. Was the record for longest 9 inning game in MLB history. Nomo pitched. There were an obscene amount of hits and runs in the game. If I recall, one team scored at least one run in every inning which is a great oddity.
2. Last game at Tiger Stadium.If Obama was as experienced and knowledgeable as Palin, he might also be qualified to run as Vice President of the USA.
06-24-2006, 06:02 PM #13MotownSports Fan
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1971 All Star game where Reggie Jackson hit his lighttower HR.
Last game at Tiger Stadium
First game at Comerica (where my wife and 1 1/2 year old son were interviewed on TV by Mary Conway...they got a good shot of my boy splashing in the puddles)
06-24-2006, 06:26 PM #14Originally Posted by potthole
06-24-2006, 06:41 PM #15
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I saw the Tigers score 10 runs in an inning onve. I think it was a 17-9 gave vs. Toronto perhaps, in July of... 90? I remember we had Ben Sheets, he hit a HR in the first, Tanana started and gave up 5 in 2/3, I thought the game was over. It was a pretty crazy game. I remember Tram and Chet playing as well, so it may have been 88 or 89. I don't remember how long Chet played.Up above, aliens hover, making home movies for the folks back home.
06-24-2006, 06:43 PM #16
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Err...I saw Andres Galarragga's final game ever, at the spring training game between the Mets and Tigers. He retired the next day. He hit a homerun that day too. Magglio dropped an easy fly out due to the sun in his eyes, and Tony G went yard.
I've never seen any real historic events in person other then that. Well, Michael Waltrip was throwing out the first pitch at the Marlins game I went to last month, and they threw the darn ball into the dugout."Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities" -David Byrne
06-24-2006, 06:58 PM #17
I saw Curtis Granderson's first career homerun and the homerun he hit against the Reds that sent the game into extra innings. Other than that, I don't think I've seen anything memorable. Nice catches and stuff, but nothing really historic."I'm convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile." ~ Tom Clark
06-24-2006, 07:06 PM #18Originally Posted by YodaVT
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06-24-2006, 07:42 PM #20MotownSports Fan
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I was there when Roger Clemens had 299 wins. That game went 17 innings. Stadium was filled with Yankee fans. I'm pretty sure it was the Comerica attendance record for a while.
06-24-2006, 08:15 PM #21
I saw Jon Lieber pitch a no-hitter into the 8th inning while he was with the Cubs and lose the game 1-0 on a Galaraga homerun.
Along those lines, I have seen Greg Maddux pitch a total of 18 innings and have never seen him give up a run. He started opposite Lieber in the aforementioned game. A few years later, he was with the Cubs and I saw him throw yet another CG shutout and win his 297th game.
I saw Cecil Fielder hit a homerun that either hit the top of the roof or hit the front of the roof. I can't remember which, but it was a roof shot and I will forever remember seeing it since it was such a unique moment.
The only time I've ever been to Shea stadium, Al Leiter was starting against the Expos and gave up 6 or 7 runs and I don't think more than 2 of them were earned. But the Mets came back and tied it in the 9th, only to see Vladdy crush the first pitch of the 10th inning about 1000 feet to left field.
06-24-2006, 08:35 PM #22
The last game at Tiger Stadium is the only historic baseball event I've seen.
06-24-2006, 09:53 PM #23MotownSports Fan
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I remember from 1968 when Frank Howard of the Senators cleared the left field roof at Tiger Stadium. It was the second time (Killebrew was first)that had ever happened there. I distinctly remember that we were sitting in the section near the LF foulpole (on the foul side). Lolich was pitching. Ken McMullen also hit a home run for the Senators that day.
Cecil Fielder was the only other player to do that, so I'm pretty sure this will be a once in a lifetime observance for me.
06-24-2006, 10:02 PM #24
First off this is a fantastic idea for a thread. Good work!
In no order some of the cool things I have seen are:
June 12, 1983: Gehringer and Greenberg day. I was nine at the time and didn't understand the significance of what I was seeing in the same way that I would come to several years later. I was there with my father and my grandpa who had seen both of them play back in the day (including the '34 Series). I can see the poster from that day from where I sit.
1987: I saw Doyle Alexander's first Tiger win. 8-0 vs. Minnesota.
That same year I also saw a game in which both Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire homered. This was Reggie's last season and McGwire's record setting 49 homer rookie season. I always thought that was kinda cool. The changing of the guard, so to speak. The Tigers came back to win that game in the bottom of the ninth.
The best catch I've seen was Griffey going way, way, way over the wall, just to the right of dead center to rob some Tiger of a homer. I want to say Higginson but I may just be pulling that out of my ***.
Ivan Dejesus' Tiger debut...he he.
I saw Fryman's first Tiger hit...a homer. You may remember that there was something controvery regarding Travis mouthing off to the third baseman as he made his trot around the bases. This was a cool day for me as Travis played his AA ball in my town of London, Ontario.
Whitaker and Sparky's last game. We thought that perhaps it would be Tram's last game too but he came back for one more year and I was there for his last game too. Although we didn't quite get it initially, it was really cool how they brought the podium out to his shortstop position for the ceremony for him. It was very important to me that I be at those games.
Ernie Harwell Day.
Sparky Anderson Day.
(both poorly promoted and attended)
The last game at the Corner. One of the special days of my life that I got to spend with my dad.Listen to my crappy music!
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06-24-2006, 11:04 PM #25
I saw Todd Jones set the all time Tigers record for saves, but that's about it.God bless your crooked little heart.
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Hal Newhouser day, 1997 at Tiger Stadium vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sparky Anderson day, 2000 at Comerica Park vs. the Chicago White Sox.RIP Brian Bluhm (estrepe1) - VT
06-24-2006, 11:47 PM #27
Final game at Tiger Stadium
Final game at County Stadium (Milwaukee)
First game at Miller Park
Glenn Davis of the Astros hit 5 HR in a double headder vs the Cubs at Wrigley in 1989.
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06-25-2006, 12:22 AM #28Originally Posted by potthole
that is rare!
06-25-2006, 12:24 AM #29
I witnessed the major league debut of Gil Meche. Hug that one out, you little bitches!VT
06-25-2006, 10:50 AM #30Originally Posted by markmeista
06-25-2006, 10:55 AM #31
Oh, how could I forget this one: I saw both Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. play together in the same game at Tiger Stadium, in 1990 or 1991.
06-25-2006, 11:51 AM #32
I saw the Jeff Weaver vs. Mike Sweeney ultimate cage match in Kansas City.
06-25-2006, 12:02 PM #33
Oh, I forgot. The last home game of 1998. It was "shirt off their back" promotion.
I won a Tiger jersey, got to go on the field with my 8 year old, and talked with the guy whose jersey I was presented - Dean Crow.If Obama was as experienced and knowledgeable as Palin, he might also be qualified to run as Vice President of the USA.
06-25-2006, 12:30 PM #34Originally Posted by The G Man
I'm standing up and clapping, and impressed that the crowd is too, so I start looking around to take that all in. I turn all the way around and it turns out I am sitting in the row in front of the pressbox, which I had not noticed -- and the guy who was sitting right behind me was Mitch Albom! He was doing the last-game-together story for the Free Press.
I talked with him for a few minutes, and he was very cool and engaged in the conversation during that time, but I had tremendous difficulty hearing him because it was so loud in the stadium. So I nodded and smiled at much of what he said, not always knowing exactly what it was. But he was a cool guy, not at all "I'm a star, don't bother me while I'm working".
06-25-2006, 01:31 PM #35
Jose Lima...or was it felipe lira...no hitter/perfect game in Toledo.
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06-25-2006, 01:51 PM #36
I saw the fifth game of the World Series on 1968 and remember Horton's throw to the plate that cut down Brock very well. Everyone thought the Tigers were doomed because we were down 3 games to 1 and the score was 3-1. That turned it around and the Tigers made history."If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."--Clint Eastwood
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06-25-2006, 04:47 PM #37Originally Posted by black_sandals
That was also the game Hee Seop Choi knocked melons with Wood on an infield pop-up, and they had to bring an ambulance onto the field to take Choi off. That was unique.
06-25-2006, 11:00 PM #38
In my son's little league game on Saturday, he got awarded first base due to catcher's interference. In more than 30 years of watching baseball, I had never seen that happen.
Seriously, though, earlier this season a kid in the little league had an unassisted triple play -- at any level, that is impressively rare.
But for the MLB, the most notable for me would be the final game at Tiger Stadium. I was about six rows behind Kirk Gibson, who brought his family to the upper deck grandstands. Robert Fick's rooftop grand slam hit the roof right above my head. For a second that seemed like an eternity, it looked like I was sitting in the trajectory of a historical Tigers moment."For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
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06-25-2006, 11:04 PM #39Originally Posted by chasfhVT
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2 significants for me
1. Was at the game when it was announced that Mark The Bird was an All-Star pitcher.
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