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1968 Detroit Tigers
"The team that inspired the city of Detroit to unite and bounce back from the riots of 1967 was also a team that brought a great deal of joy to the entire state of Michigan by winning the American League pennant and the World Series."
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The 1968 Tigers were managed by Mayo Smith, a borderline Major Leaguer who played one season in the big leagues. He managed Phillies (four seasons) and the Reds (one season) in the 1950s before becoming manager of the Tigers in 1967. What number did Mayo wear as manager of the 1968 Tigers?
The Tigers lost their first game of the season to Boston, but then reeled off nine wins in a row. This pitcher had three of the those wins, to go 3-0 after just eight Tiger games. Who was this young lucky lefty?
On May 10, 1968, the Tigers smashed the Senators 12-1 to retake 1st place in the American League. When told they were back in first, this player responded, "To stay". He was right, the Tigers never again relinquished first place for the remainder of the season. Who was this confident Tiger?
On May 25, Tiger great Al Kaline had his arm broken by a pitch from this Oakland A's pitcher. Being a first place team, the Tigers were thrown at often in 1968. Who was this Oakland pitcher considered a villain by Tiger fans?
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On July 3, the Tigers beat the Angels 5-2 at Tiger Stadium. At 51-27, they were running away with the American League pennant. Just as significant, this game was another complete game by Denny McLain. He was already 15-2, half way to 30 wins. How many complete games did McLain pitch in that magical season of 1968?
His dramatic walk-off two-run HR beat the Orioles on Friday night, July 19, 1968. The Tigers had trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the 9th and his two-out 2-run HR won the game and was a very memorable moment for all Tiger fans. Who was this unlikely hero?
The Tigers low point of the season came when Dick McAuliffe was suspended for five games, after he was hit by Tommy John and charged the mound on August 22. The Tigers led the AL by 7.5 games when he was suspended. What was their lead in the American League when he came back?
September 14, 1968, was another memorable day. Denny McLain would win his 30th game and it would be in the Tigers' bottom of the 9th inning. Who pinch hit for McLain in the 9th and walked, scoring the tying run on a wild throw by Athletics first baseman Danny Cater?
The Tigers continued their comeback ways in the World Series, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to the Cardinals, to win the Series 4-3. The turning point was game five when Detroit (down early by a score of 3-0) came back to beat the Cards. Lou Brock was thrown out at home in the 5th inning on a great throw from this Tiger. Who was this Tiger great?
Denny McLain was the American League MVP and Cy Young Award Winner in 1968. Mickey Lolich was the hero of the World Series, winning three times. But this player was highest paid Tiger in 1968. Who was he?
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