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TIGER STADIUM

The corner of Michigan and Trumbull -Tiger Stadium

The corner of Michigan and Trumbull

TEAM ::: DETROIT TIGERS
LOCATION ::: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
MY FIRST GAME ::: JULY 29, 1992
OPPONENT ::: CHCAGO WHITE SOX

The Tiger on the exterior - Tiger Stadium

 RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: B
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: D
MLB STADIUM RANK ::: 12 OF 40

Tiger Stadium from the 1st base side

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Another view from 1st base - Tiger Stadium

The Scoreboard straight away - Tiger Stadium

TIGER STADIUM, THE LAST OF THE OLD TIME BALLPARKS THAT I HAD TO VISIT. LIKE (OLD) COMISKEY, IT HAD A VERY HEAVILY PAINTED WHITE EXTERIOR. LIKE FENWAY, IT HAD NARROW WALKWAYS AND AISLES. LIKE WRIGLEY, IT HAD IT'S SCOREBOARD BEHIND THE CENTER FIELD BLEACHERS, EXCEPT HERE THAT WAS 600 FEET AND 10 STORIES AWAY FROM HOME PLATE. AND LIKE ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR COMISKEY, TIGER STADIUM HAD NO PARKING.

The famed press box at Tiger Stadium

ON MY ONLY VISIT TO TIGER STADUM, WE TOOK THE SHUTTLE BUS FROM WINDSOR, ONTARIO WHICH LEFT US OFF RIGHT AT THE CORNER OF MICHIGAN AND TRUMBULL. THE PARKING I COULD SEE FROM THE STADIUM WAS SMALL LOTS AND THE FRONT LAWNS OF THE NEIGHBORS OF THE BALLPARK.
ON MY VISIT, TIGER TOWN WAS GOING THROUGH AN OWNERSHIP CHANGE, DOMINO'S PIZZA WAS SELLING AND LITTLE CEASARS WAS BUYING. IT LOOKED LIKE THE RESULTS OF THIS WAS SOME NEGLECT THROUGHOUT THE PARK. THE UNDERSIDE OF THE UPPER DECK WAS BADLY IN NEED OF A PAINT JOB. I ALMOST FELT BAD FOR THE PLACE, SORT OF LIKE A DOG LEFT OUTSIDE ON A COLD RAINY NIGHT, YOU JUST WANTED SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PLACE.

Looking towards LF - Tiger Stadium

WALKING INTO THE STADIUM, YOU GET THE SAME FEELING AS YOU DO WHEN YOU WALK INTO YANKEE OR FENWAY. ALL OF THE GREATS THAT HAVE PLAYED IN FRONT OF THE SAME SEATS THAT YOU WILL BE IN. WHEN YOU SEE OLD PICTURES OF PLAYERS IN THE 30'S AND 40'S, THE BACKDROP IS THE SAME. THAT IS REALLY WHAT CAMDEN YARDS IS MISSING AS WELL AS THE NEW BALLPARKS. I'M SURE IN 2040, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT OLD PICTURES OF CAL RIPKEN WITH THE WAREHOUSE IN THE BACKGROUND AND IT WILL GIVE PEOPLE THAT SAME FEELING, THAT CAL PLAYED IN FRONT OF THE SAME WAREHOUSE THAT THEY ARE BUYING ORIOLE SOUVENIRS IN.

Nightfall at Tiger Stadium - Detroit

OF THE 37 BALLPARKS I'VE VISITED, I RANK TIGER STADUM 11TH BEHIND CITIZENS BANK PARK BUT AHEAD OF MEMORIAL STADIUM. HERE, YOU HAVE THE ATMOSPHERE, (THE FLAG POLE IN CENTER, WHICH MANY OTHERS HAVE COPIED, AND THE UNDERGROUND BULLPEN SEATING) GREAT FOOD, ( THE VENDORS IN 1992 STILL SPREAD THE MUSTARD ON YOUR HOT DOG WITH A POPSICLE STICK) AND A GREAT VANTAGE POINT. (AT TIGER STADIUM, YOU WERE VERY CLOSE TO THE ACTION.) THE SAD THING IS WITH A FEW PLAYER FRIENDLY MODIFICATIONS AS WELL AS SOME STADIUM UPKEEP, THIS PLACE COULD STILL SURVIVE TODAY. ECONOMICS REALLY DID THIS PLACE IN, THERE WAS NO PLACE FOR THOSE IMPORTANT REVENUE GENERATING LUXURY BOXES.

The pitch - Tiger Stadium

White Sox vs Tigers - Tiger Stadium

 THE LINE UPS
 
WHITE SOX MANAGER :::
 33 GENE LAMONT

TIGERS MANAGER :::
11 SPARKY ANDERSON

CHICAGO WHITE SOX
 
7 Steve Sax 2b
30 Tim Raines lf
35 FrankThomas 1b
21 George Bell dh
44 Dan Pasqua rf
72 Carlton Fisk c
1 Lance Johnson cf
28 Joey Cora 3b
14 Greg Grebeck ss
27 Greg Hibbard p
34 Terry Leach WP
31 Scott Radinsky S

The Tigers dugout - Tiger Stadium

DETROIT TIGERS
 
4 Tony Phillips 2b
32 Dan Gladden lf
24 Travis Fryman ss
45 Cecil Fielder 1b
20 Mickey Tettleton dh
15 Mark Carreon rf
9 Skeeter Barnes 3b
19 Chad Kreuter c
18 Gary Pettis cf
31 Kevin Ritz p
43 Mike Munoz LP

Hard to see the board- Tiger Stadium

The historic Tiger Stadium field - Detroit, Mi

 WHITE SOX    000 010 106   8 15 1
 TIGERS      100 320 000   6 9 0

TIME ::: 3:25
ATTENDANCE ::: 21,061
WEATHER ::: 76, CLEAR

The Flag pole in Center - in play - Tiger Stadium

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Walking the plank to your seats - Tiger Stadium

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