As well as the Tigers had played till that point, they were primed for another stretch of nonstop winning. The Tigers would not win another World Series until 1968 World Series when the Tigers, led by Mayo Smith, defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. A year prior, in 1983, the team finished second in the American League East at 92-70 and all of the major players were returning for 1984. The Tigers responded by winning their next seven games, including sweeps of the White Sox, Twins, and Rangers. The announcers were claiming it was the longest game in Cubs history, by length of game. "He'd been choking the ball too much, and I moved it closer to his fingertips.". "Rozema kept us off-stride," said Sox first baseman Mike Squires. Wockenfuss, despite being a backup, was a versatile and popular player who had been with the Tigers since 1974. Wilcox, who has won and lost between nine and 13 games each of the last six seasons, had allowed one earned run in seven innings to win his first '84 start. If last weekend's series against the White Sox was indicative, those prospects are sweet. ", Also heeding Craig's advice in '83, Petry added a nasty curve and a split-fingered fastball to his superior slider and above-average fastball. Craig, who had a 74-98 record in 12 seasons, was on the mound in the Brooklyn Dodgers' last game and the New York Mets' first and competed in four World Series. "All he needs is more innings, because he won't beat himself," says Craig. On Sunday, September 11, 1988 the Tigers and Yankees played 18 innings in just over six hours. The Tigers used Matt Roney, Chris Spurling, Franklyn German, and Steve Sparks among others. The game lasted an even seven hours. The Tigers had won seven in a row, and it took the Indians 19 innings to finally deliver the second loss of the season. Hernandez had pitched well for the Phillies in 1983, but posted only seven saves and had generally been a mediocre reliever, not to mention a onetime failure with the pitching-poor Cubs. Detroit beat Milwaukee on July 8, 2000 in a 15 inning contest that ended around 1:30 am Detroit time. The Tigers improved to 8-0 with a 13-9 win. The game was stopped at 1:07 am. The Detroit Tigers did not win their first World Series until 1935 under the leadership of player-manager Mickey Cochrane. *For stock items that are ordered before 4:30pm EST Monday through Friday. Two days later, the Tigers finished off a season-opening sweep of the Twins with a 7-3 victory. But Rozema has never enjoyed a consistent or consistently healthy year. Sorry, we weren't able to sign you up. Some early editions of the 1984 Official Baseball Guide carried a picture of Petry above a caption describing Morris. Custom lettered jerseys usually take 24 to 48 additional hours to ship. Thanks to Craig, Petry now has four pitches in his arsenal, after relying on two in 1983. Place a bookmark on that thought. Jones would provide the Tigers with a valuable left-handed bat who would team with Larry Herndon in left while giving Lemon some backup support in center field. Petry was Detroit's fourth draft choice in 1976, Morris the fifth. Against Kansas City on Wednesday night, Morris allowed nine hits but scattered them over nine innings, didn't walk anyone, and the Tigers won 4-3 in the 10th. There wasn’t anything earth shattering about the game itself except that it was Detroit’s 16th consecutive road victory, tying an American League record. We want some other pitchers to push us." Sparks went seven and two-thirds innings, in relief. In the Game 5 clincher, Gibson provided the heroics. So Morris and Petry may start 26 of the Tigers' first 47 games, and Detroit could well extend its lead. Herndon followed with a groundball to second base, but it was botched by the Gold Glover Frank White, allowing Herndon to reach and permitting Trammell to score the game-winning run. Watching the April 10, 1984 game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers at Tiger Stadium in Detroit with live, running commentary. 1984 Detroit Tigers Statistics. "I walked five miles at 14 minutes a mile," says Anderson, a fine figure of a man at 50. Since the inception of the team in 1894, it has employed 48 different managers. When the 1984 Detroit Tigers won 17 consecutive games on the road. Please check your details, and try again. [1][2] The team initially began in the now defunct Western League in 1894, and later became one of the American League's eight charter franchises in 1901. Parrish has provided the Tigers with some timely hitting and Morris with some timely advice. But it was only the first game of a double-header, and they started at 4:06 pm. The Tigers won 7-3 two days later before traveling from Minnesota to the South Side of Chicago to face the White Sox. "I used to have three or four beers after a game and a few more at the hotel," says Rozema. Was it a replay? The top four Tigers in the batting order set the tone for the game, combining for six hits, including two apiece by Trammell and Whitaker and a home run by Evans in his Detroit debut. Heading into the 1984 season, Sparky Anderson’s Tigers were regarded as a solid team, a likely contender in a balanced division. Yet, every once in a while, a team comes along that proves the first part of that axiom to be fallible. Behind the stellar arms of starting pitcher Andy Hawkins and reliever Craig Lefferts, San Diego responded with a 5-3 victory in Game 2 to even up the series. His mother, Aleene, who had miscarried three times before he came along, almost miscarried before he was born. Home » ’84 Tigers had the best start in the history of the game. But the Royals were no match for the Tigers, losing three games to none, in a series that took only four days to complete. “We’ve pitched good and we’ve hit,” said Sparky. And Williams consented. After a couple of home wins against Texas, the Tigers headed to Boston to face the Red Sox in Fenway Park. "Morris and Petry are hard to beat," said White afterward, "especially when you don't have many lefthanded batters. Is it the longest by game time, in which case the Tigers' 19 inning battle with the Blue Jays bested the Cubs record by 10 minutes? That torrid start put the Tigers in the enviable position of having to win only 50 per cent of their remaining games to finish the season with 96 wins. Was it a long game from the west coast? Detroit’s Opening Day lineup featured the following players: Bergman at first (where he succeeded the unsigned Enos Cabell and allowed Darrell Evans to concentrate on DH duties); Whitaker at second; Trammell at short; Howard Johnson (the winner of a hard-fought spring training competition) at third base, an outfield of Herndon, Lemon, and Kirk Gibson from left to right; Parrish behind the plate; and the venerable Evans in the DH role. Only one Royal hit, Jorge Orta's three-run homer off a hanging slider, was costly. Of the four players involved in the swap, Wilson had the highest ceiling; a onetime first round draft choice, he had the potential to hit 30 home runs and owned the prototypical right fielder’s throwing arm. With the nine-game winning streak halted, any concerns that the Tigers might let down were quickly allayed. And both are durable: Morris has missed one start in the last five years, Petry two in the last three. On Saturday, July 22, 1989 the Tigers faced the Angels in Anaheim. 1996 — Roger Clemens equaled his own major league record, fanning 20 batters and pitching a four-hitter to lead Boston over the Detroit Tigers 4-0. About all I could do was practice with him, tell him it was all right to cry, create a stable atmosphere.". Since making Detroit for good in 1980, Petry has had records of 10-9, 10-9, 15-9 and, last season, 19-11. It ended at after 6 hours and 27 minutes at 2:32 am. Fittingly, Hernandez closed out the series and Detroit had its first World Series championship in 16 years. Catcher John Baker pitched a scoreless top of the 16th inning and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th. Dan Petry pitched two innings for the win, but for the Angels. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Morris cured his arm troubles by lifting weights, but he developed a volcanic temper. Anderson managed the team for 2,579 games from 1979 to 1995. Barrow was elected as an executive, Jennings and Anderson were elected as managers; the others were elected as players. Indeed, an hour before he pitched last week, Morris was brandishing medical and dental forms and joyously summoning teammates to his locker "office. He began teaching the pitch at his boys' camp in 1974 and discovered that it worked at all levels. It also didn’t hurt having Jack Morris on the Opening Day mound against the Twins. They would break it the next night with a 5-1 win for 17 in a row. "Roger teaches what's best for you, possibly because he didn't have that great a career." Proceeding to lay waste to the American League West, the Tigers swept three games against the Mariners, three against the A’s, and three more against the Angels, the last win coming courtesy of Morris’ ninth win. Detroit's baseball team has struggled after 1984, when the Tigers were the best MLB team. Drafted by Detroit after his junior year, Morris progressed rapidly—fighting himself all the way. But it was neither Morris nor any of the other starting pitchers who would bring home the most hardware. And you thought yesterday was painful. The anniversary of one of those underappreciated records is this week. Dan Petry, equipped with a newly developed split-fingered fastball, pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two earned runs. 1983 Season 1985 Season. Last week both pitched so-so games, but neither was particularly consoling to the opposition. Parrish was the starting catcher for the American League All Star team and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards in 1984. The Tigers scored eight runs in the top of the first, an inning that was marked by a statistical oddity. They swept a three-game weekend set against the White Sox, highlighted by Jack Morris’ no-hitter on the NBC Game of the Week. "I'm not a Mark Fidrych, brushing off the mound," says Morris. The following table describes a season-by-season listing of the Tigers win-loss record. Even with Anderson using role players like Barbaro Garbey at first base and Rod Allen at DH, the Tigers still mustered a 12-hit attack. So when you hear about teams today getting off to good starts, they all pale in comparison to what the Tigers of 1984 were able to do. A 162-game war. "By the time I went to the mound again, I had nothing left to think about, including how to pitch." Paul Gibson pitched the first ten innings for Detroit, throwing 154 pitches. Custom lettered jerseys usually take 24 to 48 additional hours to ship. The Tigers were involved in the longest doubleheader in the history of the American League. There's one important difference—Morris is unquestionably the better pitcher. The ‘84 Detroit Tigers were not a surprise. On Saturday, June 17, 1967 the Tigers and Kansas City Athletics played the first of two games. Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings, who managed the team from 1907 to 1920, led the team to three American League championships. Sparky Anderson's 1984 Detroit Tigers team was the franchise's last World Series victory, and marked the first time in Major League Baseball history that a manager won the World Series in both leagues.