By: Bill McAllister
The Detroit Tigers will pay tribute this Saturday May 25th to the 1968 World Series Champion Tigers before their 4:05 p.m. game with the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and pregame festivities begin at 3:40 p.m. with the first 10,000 receiving a 45th Anniversary commemorative coin. Many players and coaches from the ’68 team will be in attendance including Hall of Famer Al Kaline, Mickey Stanley, John Hiller and really, the star of the series, Mickey Lolich.
Lolich pitched in, and won, 3 games in the series. In addition to the 3 wins, he hit his one and only ever home run in the series. Stoney and Bill asked Lolich how he even got the opportunity to pitch in 3 games, as Denny McLain was the ace of the staff with 31 wins that year. Lolich responded, “I had pitched game 5 and (manager) Mayo Smith asked if I was available for game 7, I thought he meant in relief, I didn’t think he meant starting the game”. We also asked him about a certain prank the team had been rumored to pull off involving a plane and a hotel swimming pool. He said, “We got a phone call from downstairs that said two words…move it!”
Go get ’em Tigers!