Our final tribute to Opening Day this year. My how times have changed. This was the very first game of the season, and it was on April 17th - 18 days later than 2014. The Tigers lost to the Kansas City Athletics 2-1 in 2 hours and 37 minutes. The 2014 home opener was 3 hours and 1 minute. The opener in 1956 didn't sell out; there were 45,068 in attendance.
The Tiger hitters line up for a photo on Opening Day; April 17, 1951. Hall of Famer Bob Lemon out-pitched Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, as the Indians beat the Tigers 2-1. The game only lasted two hours and 16 minutes. Amazingly, the game was nowhere close to a sellout; only 43,470 were in attendance. The Tigers jackets that the hitters are wearing are so cool! Check out the old wooden stadium seats above the dugout as well.
Let's continue with the Opening Day theme:
The Tigers opened on the road in 1984. By the time they arrived home for their Opening Day, they were 5-0 and Jack Morris had already thrown a no hitter.
Tiger fans saw their boys beat the Rangers 5-1 on Opening Day. They would go on to win the first 9 games of the year, the first 35 of 40, and win the World Series. Were you at opening day in 1984?
Ernie Harwell used to open every Opening Day broadcast with this quote from the Bible
"...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..." Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Thoughts and findings of a lifetime Detroit Tigers fan and collector